The Annual Festival of Trees Returns Next Weekend

It’s that time of the year again – Altrusa International of Meredith will soon be hosting their 21st Annual Festival of Trees, which always takes place during the first full weekend of December. This much anticipated event will be hosted in a rustic barn at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight a “forest” of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s tree, all while benefitting local charities and community projects.

The Festival of Trees runs throughout the weekend and will be open Friday December 2nd from 2pm – 6pm, Saturday the 3rd from 10am – 5pm, and Sunday the 4th from 12pm – 4pm. While enjoying apple cider and fresh cookies, visitors can stroll amongst over 50 magnificent holiday trees, which have been contributed and decorated by area businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and families. Some are elegant, some whimsical, and some nostalgic, but all are wonderful! Children will especially enjoy the literacy tree, decorated in a children’s literature theme and surrounded by books, so each child can choose one to take home. Children may prefer to curl up with a good book in the cozy literacy corner while parents consider the beautiful raffle baskets. Tickets will be available all weekend for the ‘Tis the Season Raffle, where folks can take their chances on several wonderful baskets. Baskets will center around a number of themes, including Love of Animals, Pasta Passion, Lake Life, Toasty Warm, Lottery Life, Baker’s Dozen, Kids Crafts and Snacks, Relaxing at Home, and Chocolate High.

On Thursday, December 1st, the Festival’s doors will open for a very special Preview Party from 5:30 – 8pm. The party will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres, complimentary coffee and tea, and a cash bar. At this event you can participate in the silent auction for some fabulous items, donated by local businesses and individuals. Tickets to the Preview Party are $25 each and can be purchased in advance at Cackleberries, Fashion Forward, and the Meredith Chamber of Commerce.

Admission to the festival is only $5, and free for children 12 and under. All proceeds benefit area Christmas funds, the Altrusa scholarship fund, and all community service projects of Altrusa. Following the Festival, Altrusa also distributes all donated trees through area Christmas funds and other outreach organizations. For more information on all of the organization’s programs, please visit www.altrusameredithnh.org.

The Altrusa Club is grateful for the Lakes Region community, as well as the Festival of Trees hosts, the Hale family, for their generosity and continued support. Please come to Center Harbor next weekend to team up with this dedicated organization!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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