13th annual Christmas Tree Festival

Each year the Knights of Columbus Museum invites area schoolchildren to craft ornaments and decorate one of its many Christmas trees. This year 24 Connecticut schools participated. As part of its art instruction, a class from each school made Christmas tree decorations to complement the theme the Museum’s Windows into Heaven exhibition of Russian icons. The students visited the Museum to decorate the trees from Dec. 2-6.

“The Christmas Tree Festival is a distinctive exhibit,” said Museum Director Kathryn Cogan. “Each year, it showcases the knowledge and talents of our local schoolchildren and their teachers. It also unites us in a faith we hold in common with people in nations around the world.”

In a judging that followed the Museum staff awarded first-place honors to the tree decorated by students from St. Mary School in Milford, Conn. St. John the Evangelist School students from Watertown received second place and St. Rita School students from Hamden took third place. Honorable mention went to students from St. Matthew School in Forestville and St. Bernadette School in New Haven.

Winners receive a donation from the museum for educational supplies or equipment.

The decorated trees will be on display through Feb. 2 and visitors are invited to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” Christmas tree award.

Other participating schools included St. Joseph School in Danbury, St. Bernard School in Enfield, Blessed Sacrament School in Waterbury, St. Francis-St. Hedwig School in Naugatuck, St. Bridget School in Cheshire, Pope John Paul II School in New Britain, St. Christopher School in East Hartford , St. Gabriel School in Milford, St. Francis/St. Rose of Lima School in New Haven, All Saints School in Norwalk, St. Theresa School in Trumbull, St. Catherine Academy in Fairfield, St. Lawrence School in West Haven, St. Catherine of Siena School in Trumbull, St. Mary School in Branford, St. Joseph School in Danbury, St. Lawrence School in Shelton, Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison and Sacred Heart School in Groton.