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Festival Of Trees Event Saturday

on November 13, 2017 - 12:05pm
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FOS News:
This weekend ushers in the holidays with the annual Festival of Trees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
The annual event is a fundraiser of grand proportions to benefit the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA). The funds assist operating costs, help in hosting events and acquiring supplies to continue services.
On Friday, volunteers aided the holiday hijinks as more than 110 items went up for silent auction. The viewing begins today and continues through the week, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The grand celebration includes; a craft fair, pictures with Santa, poinsettias and a raffle at the end of the day.
“We have some returning vendors like crafters Loretta Stubbs, Cecilia Dimpfel, Jackie Peckham,  Marty Delanoy and Mary Edgett, the Los Alamos Garden Club with their array of nature craft, embroiderer Gabby Stine, the Los Alamos Volunteer Association quilters will have many quilts and knitted/crocheted items for sale.” According to Schneider, artist Theodore Bryan will return with his Kachina dolls all the way from Gallup.
Additional vendors will be selling jewelry, beef jerky, baked goods ornaments, luxury candles and many more unique items. Live music willalso be provided by Pianists Frances Meier, Tom Oliphant and Sarah Kelly and guitarist Greg Schneider from Music Together.
Many organizations and individuals donate items for the festival and one that has been along for the entire ride is community icon, Linda Hull. What makes Hull find such a special place in her heart for the seasonal celebration?
“I enjoy the creativity that brings the community together during the holidays and the Festival’s multi-generational appeal,” Hull said. “I’ve enjoyed the special magic of Christmas since childhood; decorating a Christmas tree is central to those memories. So, what better opportunity for me than to decorate and donate a tree to benefit such a worthy cause!”
While called the Festival of Trees, which range in size from the length of a finger to full size, there is so much more to see. More than a dozen wreaths, ornaments and Disney Christmas plates art, centerpieces and more are available. The themes for tree decorating also vary far and wide.
Two fishing themed trees are available, along with angels, bears, old fashioned thread spools, cocoa mugs, angles, New Mexico pins and so much more. As always one tree is selected as the raffle tree and tickets are available for $1.00 each. The idea was to make winning the grand prize available to everyone.
This year the selected tree is called the Community tree. It is a collaborative effort of ornaments donated from community members to represent the many different people and cultures of our community.
Anyone is welcome to add to the tree throughout the week, also allowing everyone to benefit the seniors and youth of our community.
The event is free, but those attending are asked to donate items to feed local school children. Snacks, drinks and lunch items are appreciated, along with hard candy to aid youth projects.
To learn more or request a pick-up of items, call 505.695.9139.
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This beautiful musical wreathe was donated by one of Santa's Elves, a kind citizen wishing to benefit the programs but requesting no acknowledgment. Courtesy photo
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From fingers sized to full grown, all homes can be accommodated with a purchase from the Festival of Trees. Courtesy photo
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