The USA Tree for 2017
Over fifty different countries are represented in the exhibit,
and we are pleased to have been asked again by the
Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
to decorate the Christmas Tree of the
United States of America.
The Exhibit runs from November 16, 2017,
through January 7, 2018.
As in previous years, all of the ornaments
(except for the crystal icicles)
were hand-made by members of the
Friends of the USA Tree.
The new items are shown in the photos below,
and the ones from the previous three years
can be seen on the individual webpages
from 2016, and 2015, and 2014.
The first four photos show the tree from the front,
from the back, from the side, and from above.
These photos were taken just as we had finished
the decorating, but before the tree was placed
into its proper slot in the exhibit space.
A few other trees can also be incidentally noticed,
including the as-yet-unfinished Grand Tree,
which stands majestically in the center.
The decorating was done during a regular
open-admission day, so a few patrons
of the Museum can also be seen,
as well as a couple of others
who were there, as we were,
to decorate another tree.
Next is the brand new Tree Skirt,
made by Xochitl Medina, who is holding it (at left).
She also made the bows (shown in the following photo)
which were placed on the back of the tree.
Next are some photos of the new Star Boxes
which were added to those from last year.
Some are seen with their lids,
and some without.
The next photo shows this year's group of
Friends of the USA Tree . . . . .
(left to right) Sybelle Z. Martinez, Xavier Zamora,
Robert Zamora, Monica Lozano, Xochitl Medina,
Martha Dwyer, Bruce Duffie, and Kathy Cunningham
Below are some photos of us in action.
First we find the tree waiting for our workmanship.
The theme of the exhibit is Christmas Trees;
the theme of the set-up phase is LADDERS!
Everyone goes up and down on them all day,
but technicians from the Museum are the only
ones allowed to use the motorized lifts. So they
place all of the tree-toppers -- including our eagle.
As we begin, the most important thing
The placement of the star boxes
and other ornaments is considered
and then executed.
Each star box is illuminated from within,
so tiny lights are inserted into the holes
around the outside edges, as shown in
the next two photos.
After that, everyone continues to add
other items until everything is ready.
Though dressed alike, the woman on the ladder in the
photo above is Xochitl, while the one on the same
ladder below (later in the day) is Martha.
The tree is nearly ready, so the tables are practically empty.
All that is left to do is place the skirt around the base
of the tree, and take the group photo.