“Trains, Trees and Treasures” set in Salem this weekend

SALEM — The public is invited to three holiday events on Saturday and Sunday. “Trains, Trees and Treasures” is an annual program sponsored by the Charles E. Burchfield Homestead Museum and Salem Storybook Museum. This holiday gala is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. both days.

The first part of the tour, “Trains,” includes a display of trains at the law office of Attorney Fred Naragon, 248 E. State St. Guests are to enter at the rear of the building off Sugar Tree Alley.

The next stop is at the boyhood home of international artist Charles E. Burchfield, located at 867 E. Fourth St. Janis Yereb, the curator for the museum, along with her staff, has created a fabulous display of Christmas trees that are inspired by the work of Burchfield.

“Burchfield was a genius,” said Yereb. “He is considered not only one of America’s great artists, but he is known internationally for his unique style in watercolor. The trees are an extension of ‘a painting come to life.’ I think visitors to the museum will be inspired to try something different with their own trees this year.”

Admission is $3 for the first two events.

The final part of the tour is “Treasures” of the Salem Storybook Museum. Guests will have an opportunity to see the one of a kind artwork on display along with the children’s books in which they appear. The museum is located at the Kent State University City Center. Visitors are to enter at the front entrance located at 230 N. Lincoln Ave.

“We are one of the few museums in the world that offers the original artwork from children’s literature,” said Robert Viencek, museum director. Also on display, the remarkable miniature holiday houses from the extensive collection of Mr. and Mrs. David Schwartz. The display contains many Christmas related figures, trains and decorations. Admission is $3.