Get Ready for the Altrusa Club’s 19th Annual Festival of Trees!

FOT 2014The Altrusa Club of Meredith will soon be hosting their 19th Annual Festival of Trees during the first full weekend of December. This much anticipated event will be held at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated Christmas trees, fine products made by local artisans, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s event, all while benefitting local charities and community projects.

The Festival will open on Thursday evening, December 4th, with the Silent & Live Auctions and Gala from 5:30 – 8:00pm. The picturesque New England barn at Waukewan will be filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, and a cash bar while guests bid on many great items contributed by area businesses and local artists. Tickets for the gala are $25 each by advance sales only, and can be purchased at Cackleberries Garden & Gift Shop in Meredith and Fashion Forward in Moultonborough, or by calling 603-253-6995.

Festival of Trees 2011The Festival of Trees continues throughout the weekend and will be open to the public on Friday December 5th from 2pm – 6pm, Saturday the 6th from 10am – 6pm, and Sunday the 7th 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. One of the trees on display is Altrusa’s Literacy Tree, under which are dozens of books that will be given to local children. Tickets will be available all weekend for the ‘Tis the Season Raffle, where folks can take their chances on several fabulous baskets and one of five stunning “enchanted” trees. Admission is $2 for children and $3 for adults.

For Noel Shoppe (2)Another favorite tradition at the Festival of Trees will be The Noel Shoppe, also known as “The Best Little Christmas Shop in the Lakes Region.” The shop will be stocked with an outstanding array of locally made whimsical and traditional items, such as hand turned pottery, scented goats milk soaps, mustard and pretzel dips, beaded bracelets, and chocolate bars. The Noel Shoppe has also gathered a wonderful selection of books for children and adults. All of the wonderful items in the Noel Shoppe will be gift packaged, too! This is a wonderful opportunity to shop locally and support artists and the community at the same time!

Children ages 3 – 8 are invited to bring their favorite adults on Saturday, December 6th for a special interactive children’s story time event. A local storyteller will awaken the spirit of Christmas in an animated and spellbinding telling of Magic & Mittens.” Pre-registration is required for any of the 12pm, 1pm, or 2pm readings as space is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot, please call 603-253-3167.

Admission to the Festival of Trees is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and free for little ones 5 and under.  All proceeds benefit the Moultonboro Santa Fund, the Interlakes Christmas Fund, and other Altrusa initiatives. Following the Festival, Altrusa also distributes all donated trees through area Christmas funds and other outreach organizations.

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!

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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