Founding director Leslie Hester said this year the museum is going all-out to spread Christmas cheer, with one of the focal points being its display of Christmas trees decorated by local schools and organizations.
"We've done this kind of thing in the past, but it's been a while," Hester said. "This year is a little different though. It started with a few of the schools and then the BLI group that is working with The Haven decided to do a tree. So I think it'll be really nice."
The trees currently up at the museum have been decorated by Blytheville and Steele elementary art teachers, with ornaments made by their students, as well as a group from the Blytheville Leadership Institute that has been volunteering with The Haven.
Throughout December, the museum is also featuring a large "Dickens Village" collection inspired by stories written by Charles Dickens.
The museum will host its next "Heirloom Saturday at the Museum" from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, and will focus on antique and vintage Christmas decorations. The public can bring their own heirloom Christmas ornaments and decorations for informal sharing and discussion.
The museum will also feature original artwork by Blytheville artist Angie Trotter. Her show, titled "A Journey in Faith," features Biblical themes and iconographic imagery and will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the museum.
The museum will be open for the downtown tree lighting festivities tonight (Thursday). Hester invites everyone to come in and see the holiday displays either before or after the tree lighting.
"I think this is really going to look great and I'd love to see everyone come out and get to experience it," Hester said.
The Delta Gateway Museum is located at 210 W. Main in downtown Blytheville.
For more information, contact Leslie Hester at email@example.com or 870-824-2346.