Programs & Events
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The Ninth Annual Festival of Trees: The Holly and the Ivy
Join us for the ninth annual Festival of Trees at the Dyer Library and Saco Museum! The Festival of Trees is a community event to benefit the programs of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum. Dozens of gorgeously decorated trees and wreaths based upon this year's theme of "The Holly and the Ivy"--from Sir Henry Walford Davies classic English choral tune and Cecil Sharp's published text and music--will fill the Saco Museum. Among the other highlights of the Festival are the Gala Preview kickoff party on Saturday, November 23; a raffle of designer trees and wreaths concluding on December 18; the popular Gingerbread Village; a Drawing Contest for area school children on view at the Dyer Library; visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus; Children's Crafts Day; and more. The Festival of Trees is free and open to the public, thanks to our sponsors, beginning Friday, November 29 at 5 p.m. through Sunday, December 29.
Make the Festival of Trees a permanent part of your holiday traditions by winning a designer-decorated tree, wreath, or local gift certificate package in our always-popular raffle. From Saturday, November 23 through Wednesday, December 18, raffle tickets may be purchased at the Saco Museum for a select group of trees and wreaths, as well as specialty items like gift certificate packs, jewelry, and tickets for events and performances. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Wednesday, December 18. Even after the raffle is concluded, a select group of decorated trees will remain on view at the Saco Museum through Sunday, December 29. Handcrafted ornaments and other holiday decorations will also be available for purchase in the Saco Museum Gift Shop throughout the Festival of Trees. All raffle and sale proceeds benefit the community programming efforts of the Dyer Library/Saco Museum.
One of the highlights of the Festival every year is the Drawing Contest, open to students in Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach schools. The Drawing Contest entries will be on view at the Dyer Library throughout the Festival of Trees, with special recognition for the contest winners concluding at the Awards Ceremony at the Dyer Library on Saturday, December 14.
The Holly and The Ivy: 2013 Festival of Trees opens at 5 pm on Friday, November 29 with a tree lighting and ribbon cutting ceremony. Join us for hot chocolate and a first glimpse of the Festival of Trees! This and other great family events include:
Gala Preview Party
Saturday, November 23, 6 - 9 pm
Delectable holiday treats, dazzling decorations, delightful music, a cash bar, and the kickoff of the holiday season! The winners of our $5,000 raffle will be drawn and announced at this special holiday event. Tickets are just $20 may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Dyer Library or Saco Museum; call (207) 283-3861 to pay by credit card over the phone.
Tree-Lighting and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
Friday, November 29, 5 p.m.
Music and Hot Chocolate
Special Guests Day
Monday, November 25
Local retirement and extended care facility guests are invited to attend a private showing of the Festival.
Contact event co-chair Catherine Glynn at email@example.com with any questions or to reserve a time.
Children's Crafts Day
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Saturday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Drop-in anytime for a holiday craft that kids of any age can make for a holiday gift or decoration to take home.
Traditional and Classic Holiday Music
Main Gallery, Saco Museum
Saturday, December 7, 1-3 p.m.
St. Augustine of Canterbury Church from Old Orchard Beach will provide a mix of traditional Christmas music and classic holiday tunes! Stop by and listen to their musical styling and visit with St. Nicklaus.
Tea with Mrs. Claus
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Saturday, December 14
Seatings at 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
FREE! Young ladies and gentlemen ages three to eight are invited to share afternoon "tea," a craft, and a story with the lady who makes it all happen. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED; space is limited. Call 283-3861, ext. 102 to reserve a spot. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Drawing Contest Awards Ceremony
Saturday, December 14, 11 a.m
Meet the talented young award winners in our competition for local schools!
Visits with Santa Claus
Sunday, December 15, noon - 3 p.m.
Drop in anytime between noon and three to share your holiday wishes with the Big Guy!
Raffle Winners Drawn!
Wednesday, December 18
It's your last chance to buy raffle tickets! You can purchase them until late afternoon when we close up the boxes and draw the names of the lucky winners.
Extended Hours for Festival of Trees*
Tues, Wed, Thursday and Sun: noon to 5 p.m.
Fri*: noon to 8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CLOSED MONDAYS and December 24 and 25
*Friday, November 29: 5 to 8 p.m.
Admission is FREE throughout the Festival of Trees thanks to the generous sponsorship of local businesses and individuals. For more information call 283-3861, press 2 for the museum, and then press 0.
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