LET HEAVEN AND NATURE SING: Seventh Annual Festival of Trees
Through December 31
Join us for the seventh 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 "Let Heaven and Nature Sing" will fill the Saco Museum. Among the other highlights of the Festival are the Gala Reception on Saturday, December 17; a raffle of designer trees and wreaths concluding at the Gala; 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, through Saturday, December 31.
Make the Festival of Trees a permanent part of your holiday traditions by winning a designer-decorated tree or wreath in our always-popular raffle. From Saturday, November 26 through Saturday, December 17, 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 announced at the Gala reception on Saturday, December 17. Handcrafted ornaments and other holiday decorations will also be available for purchase throughout the Festival of Trees. All raffle and sale proceeds benefit the educational and community programming efforts of the Dyer Library/Saco Museum. Even after the raffle is concluded, a select group of decorated trees will remain on view at the Saco Museum through New Year's Eve.
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 10.
"Let Heaven and Nature Sing: 2011 Festival of Trees" opens at 5 pm on Friday, November 25 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:
Tree-Lighting and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
Friday, November 25, 5 p.m.
Music and Hot Chocolate
Senior Guests Day
Monday, November 28
Local retirement and nursing home guests are invited to attend a private showing of the Festival.
E-mail event co-chair Martha Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to reserve a time.
Children's Crafts Day
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Saturday, December 3, 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.
Drawing Contest Awards Ceremony
Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m
Meet the talented young award winners in our competition for local schools!
Mrs. Claus's Gingerbread Tea
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Saturday, December 10
Seatings at 1 p.m. and 2:30 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
"Make an Ornament" Workshop with Judy Wallace
Sunday, December 11, 1-2:30 p.m.
Get hands-on guidance and decorating ideas from Festival of Trees all-star Judy Wallace, a decorator, stained-glass artist, and jewelry maker from Waterboro, Maine.
$5 registration fee. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Sign up at the museum's front desk or by contacting Saco Museum Education & Program Manager Camille Smalley at (207) 283-3861, ext. 115, email@example.com.
Visits with Santa Claus
Saturday, December 17, noon – 3 p.m.
Drop in anytime between noon and three to share your last-minute wishes with the Big Guy!
Saturday, December 17, 6 - 9 pm
Delectable holiday treats, dazzling decorations, delightful music, and the culmination of our raffle! Gala Tickets are $30/person; space is limited.
Gala Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Dyer Library or Saco Museum; call (207) 283-3861 to pay by credit card over the phone.
Extended Hours for Festival of Trees*
Tues, Wed, and Sun: noon to 5 p.m.
Thurs and Fri*: noon to 8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CLOSED MONDAYS and December 24 and 25
*Friday, November 25: 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 (207) 283-3861, press 2 for the museum, and then press 0.