Festival of Trees begins Nov. 24

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Festival of Trees 2010 volunteer Carole Jarem helps to decorate the atrium space at The Centre for the three-day festival. Observer file photo

By Ally Dunham

The annual Festival of Trees celebration is gearing up for another sparkling, fun-filled three days at The Centre.

Kicking off the festival on Thurs., Nov. 24 is the Free Seniors Afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Seniors will be served and entertained with live local talent, the chance to mingle, dance, sing or simply sit back and enjoy. Admission is free for all seniors and includes free refreshments and fun.

Open Roads Fine Arts and the Dryden High School bands will perform the evening of Nov. 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting off the Christmas season with music. This event is a Christmas favourite and gets you in the mood for the season.

Friday, Nov. 25 will feature a Free Viewing Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will be wowed by the new look this year, including many more gift baskets to bid on, and of course, the dazzling lights and trees.

Following the viewing day, The Centre will fill up with guests who are interested in the Wine Tasting event. Perfect for those who are new to the world of wine and wish to learn more about tastes, types and prices, this event is also great for the seasoned wine professional. The Wine Tasting takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will include local musical talent to keep you entertained. Tickets are available at The Centre, Golden Nectar and Lotto One.

Finishing up the Festival will be a Winter Wonderland Luncheon on Sat., Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A gourmet lunch will be served, along with a fashion show by Ella Lynn’s, Christmas music by local musicians and beautifully decorated tables. Tickets are available at Ella Lynn’s. This events sells out quickly, so get your tickets early.

Finishing up the festival from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 26 is the Family Festival. Enjoy an afternoon and evening where the kids can spend time with Santa, decorate cookies, make crafts, listen to live music and shop at Santa’s Gift Shop. The gift shop is for kids only, and everything costs $1.

Parents can spend time relaxing and enjoying the great entertainment and atmosphere. Bring your camera for photos with Santa.

For more information on the Festival of Trees, supporting Grace Haven, or to fill one of the many volunteer positions available, you can contact Carmelle at 221-2233.


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