The Trees of Christmas 2007, now on display at the Smith-Trahern Mansion, takes a look at Christmas “through the eyes of a child” and the medium of nursery rhymes.
Topping the displays is the mansion’s fireplace, decorated on the theme of a Teddy Bear picnic. The elegant oversized fireplace with its high mantle and ceiling tall mirror is festooned with a mix of garland and teddy bears (and picnic baskets) in all shapes and sizes. It’s a bit of whimsy, a bit of magic and a world of imagination at play. The result simply delights everyone who enters that festive burgundy room. One look, and you can’t help but smile. The fireplace was designed by American Flowergift Florist.
The Grand Hall, decorated by Helen Allen-Holiday Accents, features a tall festively decorated trees circled by brightly wrapped gifts, set into a corner of tall doors topped with pine garlands. At the base of the curving stairwell, a display of garland and amaryllis beckon.
The Roxy Theater’s Star Light Star Bright Tree celebrates their 25 years as a fixture in the Clarksville Arts scene, and celebrates their holiday production of the Charles Dickens classic, The Chimes.
The decor is all about detail: a splash of peppermint candy here, and gluittering gold ornament there, and everywhere he lush look of rich pine and other greens, berries, vines and bold, bright flowers including the striking Amaryllis. The displays stayed true to the Nursery Rhymes theme, creating a a magical Christmas display for the child in all of us.
Paige King of HodgePodge created a charming variation on Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (at left), filling the building in pantry with a blend of pine and other greens as a bedding for glass cannisters and jars of specialty doggie bones for the family’s best friend.
The display of trees flows through the mansions two floors, and includes the following Christmas Trees: Light Bulb Tree/Mansion Tree by Vivian Terrel, A large Nature Wreath by Vicky Koelman, A Mantle by Party Station Rentals, A Gingerbread Man Tree by Hillwood fce, Hey Diddle Diddle Tree by Officers Spouses Club, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by the Emily Stefanko family, Mary had A little Lamb by Iota Lambda, Lucy Locket Tree by Jean Crabtree, Betty’s Antiques Tree Mantle, the Tennessee Trail Association tree, a Very Beary Christmas Tree by Kathy Toon and Michelle Bledsoe, and a Teddy Bear Tree by St. Mary’s School.
The festive decor continues upstairs at the mansion with the following: Dancer’s Be Nimble Tree by Lara’s Dance Studio, Sharon Black’s Night Before Christmas Tree, The Girl Scout Troop Tree (Cat in the Fiddle), the 4-Horse Club Box Tree, Rock-a-Bye Baby Tree in honor of Jacob Fulbright, Old MacDonald Had A Farm Tree by Kathy Burns, Queen of Hearts Tree by the Cheshire Cat, the Sango Parents Day-Out Tree, Granfather’s Hickory Dickory Dock Tree by Agent Martha Pile, Mother Goose Rhymes Tree by Centerstone/Weems Academy, Hickory-Dickory Dock Tree by the Learning Place Pre-K Class, Woman in a Show Tree and Display honoring Dr. Becky Bailey, and Nature wreaths by Josh Johnson. The exterior of the mansion was decorated by Betty Sleigh and Mabel Lee.
The Trees of Christmas event is hosted by the Family and Community Education in partnership with the UT Extension of Montgomery County Family and Consumer Science, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Arts and Heritage Development Council of Clarksville-Montgomery County. the mansion is located on McClure Street in downtown Clarksville.The mansion is open weekdays from 9:30-2:30. Mansions tours cost $1.00.
We offer these images of Christmas at the Smith Trahern mansion:
~~ The Details ~~
A holiday bag and bright red ornaments bring smiles
Caroler figures clustered beneath a mirror
An elegant Santa from yesterday…
Berries, snowflakes and evergreen garland with icicles
Festive balustrade of vine, berries and amaryllis
“Peppermints” and giant snowflakes grace a dresser
A Box Tree by the 4-H Horse Project Club
Close -up of American Flowergift’s Teddy Bear Mantle