Festival of Trees at Betty Ehart Saturday

Photo by Chad Lauritzen

By Bernadette Laurizen

The place to be this Saturday is right in the heart of downtown as Los Alamos MainStreet hosts the 10th annual Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The four-hour festival of fun is just the thing to get into the holiday spirit. The day holds a bevy of holiday trees, decorations, wreaths and more all available by silent auction.

A bake sale and holiday poinsettias will add to the mini mall experience – allowing for one stop shopping. A craft fair will feature jewelry vendors and so much more.

“Also available are holiday decor items, tree skirts, decorated silverware, candles, purses, doll clothes and accessories, gourmet dog treats, household items that are knitted/crocheted/embroidered,” said Director Pauline Powell Schneider of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.

The highlight of the event is a Christmas village, valued at more than $700 donated by Leonard and Jackie Beebe. The lighted house along with a working train, trees and storefronts sets the tone for any holiday home.

“There are 86 items in the silent auction including decorated trees, wreaths, ornaments, quilts and the  charming holiday village,” Schneider said. “Santa will be stopping by and hopes to visit with lots of girls and boys. It’s a great opportunity to do some local holiday shopping.”

A Christmas village donated by Leonard and Jackie Beebe is available through silent auction, at the Festival of Trees. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Musical melodies will fill the center throughout the day as local musicians donate their time to the interactive fun.

The music will be provided by Sarah Kelly, Frances Meier and Dr. Greg Schneider.

A raffle will be held with a small golden tree up from grabs, along with items donated by vendors. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and shoppers need not be present to win.

The center will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the silent auction closing at 2 p.m. For information, contact the senior center at 662-8920.




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