02 December 2012


A few Christmas seasons ago Paul Kaderabak happened to go to the Cook County Treasurer's Office in Chicago and discovered a treasure of three-foot-tall trees decorated by various ethnic groups in the city.  This fall he suggested that the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society take part in the display and offered to pay for the decorations.  The Treasurer's Office supplies the trees and lights. 

The chapter decided to decorate its tree with photos of Old Country villages and villagers taken by board members during their trips there as well as some wooden ornaments purchased from the National Carpatho-Rusyn Society.  The tree is topped with a star and a miniature couple in traditional Rusyn dress.  At the bottom of the display, the Rusyn flag stands next to a manger scene.

For many years the Treasurer's Office has made its counter tops available at no cost to ethnic groups who wish to share their heritage with others during the season of goodwill. The public may view more than 80 trees during regular working hours.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 7, the public is invited for refreshments and tree viewing at the Cook County Building, 118 North Clark Street, Suite 112.  Please RSVP to 312/603-6931 if you plan to attend. 

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