With Eastern European Christmas music playing in the background and Christmas treats set out, the members and friends of the organization Serbian Sisters' adorned a 14-foot Christmas tree at the north end of Curtis Avenue in Ironton Sunday evening with animal friendly decorations such as strands of popcorn and pine cones filled with suet.
Sue Radinovich carefully placed a bulb Sunday evening on the Christmas tree that her family donated. The festive spruce is planted at the north end of Curtis Avenue in Ironton and will be lit every evening until Jan. 15. Brainerd Dispatch/ Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
Serbian Sisters is a non-profit organization whose aim is to preserve cultural heritage and history while beautifying their community. "The descendants of Serbs, Croatians and Slovenians form a cultural hub in Ironton. A large contingent from the Balkan States were miners in this area," said Laura Ukua-Leir, member of the Serbian Sisters. The tree was donated by the Radinovich family in honor of their father, Ed Radinovich, a Balkan native, who originally planted the tree. The spruce was replanted in its current spot this last autumn and is the future site of the group's Balkan Memorial Garden.
After decorating the Christmas tree at the end of Curtis Avenue in Ironton everyone paused to admire their work once the tree was lit up. Brainerd Dispatch/ Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
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