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Out & About: Daughters of the American Revolution's Festival of Lights brightens holiday

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
A snowman ornament on the 'Woodsy Wonderland' tree, reflects in the light, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
A snowman ornament on the 'Woodsy Wonderland' tree, reflects in the light, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
(from left), Janet Komovic, Deborah Davis, Honorary State Regent of PA Daughters of American Revolution, and Jeannie Komovic, gather for a photo near the dining room tree, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Janet Komovic, Deborah Davis, Honorary State Regent of PA Daughters of American Revolution, and Jeannie Komovic, gather for a photo near the dining room tree, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Braddock Trail Chapter DAR member, Rosalind Ashmun, poses for a photo on the decorated staircase, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Braddock Trail Chapter DAR member, Rosalind Ashmun, poses for a photo on the decorated staircase, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
(from left), Paige Eperjesi, 13, and her mother, Shanna Eperjesi, both of Mt. Pleasant, pose for a photo near some of the decorated trees, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Paige Eperjesi, 13, and her mother, Shanna Eperjesi, both of Mt. Pleasant, pose for a photo near some of the decorated trees, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
(from left), Braddock Trail Chapter DAR member, Lois Weyandt, joins Edith Hudson, of Greensburg, for a photo during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Braddock Trail Chapter DAR member, Lois Weyandt, joins Edith Hudson, of Greensburg, for a photo during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
(from left), One of the ornaments hand-painted by Lisa Cole, shines bright on a tree titled, 'A Soldier', during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), One of the ornaments hand-painted by Lisa Cole, shines bright on a tree titled, 'A Soldier', during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
(from left), Braddock Trail Chapter DAR member, Sue Hoke, poses with some of the raffle trees during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Braddock Trail Chapter DAR member, Sue Hoke, poses with some of the raffle trees during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
(from left), Braddock Trail Chapter DAR member, Paula Steiner, of Irwin, admires the 'Flowers of Christmas' tree, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Braddock Trail Chapter DAR member, Paula Steiner, of Irwin, admires the 'Flowers of Christmas' tree, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Braddock Trail Chapter DAR members, (from left), Becky Cole and Sharron Jenkins, pose for a photo near some of the trees, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Braddock Trail Chapter DAR members, (from left), Becky Cole and Sharron Jenkins, pose for a photo near some of the trees, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
(from left), Christina Binder, visiting from Philadelphia, joins her mother, Anna Margaret Binder, visiting from Port Allegany, McKean County, and her sister, Elizabeth Binder, visiting from Olean, NY, for a photo at the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Christina Binder, visiting from Philadelphia, joins her mother, Anna Margaret Binder, visiting from Port Allegany, McKean County, and her sister, Elizabeth Binder, visiting from Olean, NY, for a photo at the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
(from left), Luke Hribal, 2, and his sister, Mia Hribal, 7, both of Mt. Pleasant, admire a 'Frozen' tree, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Luke Hribal, 2, and his sister, Mia Hribal, 7, both of Mt. Pleasant, admire a 'Frozen' tree, during the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Braddock Trail Chapter DAR, held at the Samuel Warden mansion in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 25, 2017.

It's all about tradition at the Samuel Warden Mansion in Mt. Pleasant, home of the Braddock Trail Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

One of those traditions is the annual Festival of Lights, which opened Nov. 25 for a two-weekend run.

Several rooms on both first and second floors of the imposing three-story brick house are decorated with a charming array of Christmas trees and other seasonal adornments, courtesy of local individuals, organizations and businesses.

High ceilings, vintage wallpapers and rich woodwork complement the glittering display.

The chapter provides the trees and lights and participants provide the themed decorations. Visitors are able to purchase trees that catch their fancy, to be picked after the festival ends Dec. 3.

The Second Empire-style edifice was built by Samuel Warden in 1886 for his wife, Margaret, and their seven children. Its grandeur reflects the wealth that the 19th-century coal and coke industry brought to Mt. Pleasant.

It was purchased by the chapter in 1962, with many of the furnishings also purchased from the Warden estate.

Welcoming guests on the festival's opening day were chapter members Rosalind Ashmun and Becky Cole. Others circulating through the rooms included Beverly Hall and Lois Weyandt.

Seen: Deborah Davis, Jeannie Komovic, Janet Komovic, Edith Hudson, Kelly Leonard, Dylan Hudson, Paul and Rita Kramer, Bryce Kramer, Leigh Ann Smithberger, Terry andBarb Glover, Randy and Deb Woods and Shanna Eperjesi with daughter Paige and sonEdward.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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