Monday, October 31st, 2016 | Barbara Watkins
Celebrate The Season of Christmas
November 26-28, 2016
One dazzling event after another will celebrate the 31st Annual Festival of Trees from November 25 through 28. These events will raise much-needed funds for Talbot Hospice. Hundreds of volunteers have coordinated a palette of colorful, entertaining and fun-filled events to make this Hospice benefit a wonderful way to entertain holiday guests and family. This year’s theme is Celebrate the Season of Christmas.
“The Festival continues to thrive because of our dedicated board, the volunteers and our generous community,” stated Jackie. “We are so grateful to the hundreds of people who work countless hours to put these events together and are thankful for the local businesses who year after year generously provide sponsorships, raffle items and venue locations, all for the success of the Festival.”
The actual viewing of the trees begins with a Preview Party on Friday, November 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn. The room will be aglow with a myriad of beautifully decorated trees of all sizes in a setting of holiday delight. Tickets are just $50 per person and include an open bar from 6 to 7 p.m. and a lite-fare buffet. There will be a cash bar after 7 p.m. Preview Party guests will be the first to view the delightfully decorated trees while enjoying music. There will be special raffles and guests will have the first opportunity to purchase the miniature trees and wreaths – all beautifully decorated for the season. Additionally, the Christmas Elves Shoppe will be open so everyone can begin holiday shopping. It will remain open during Festival hours.
The Gold Ballroom at the Tidewater Inn will then be open from Saturday, November 26 through Monday, November 28 for viewing of the trees. Stop by to view the trees, listen to wonderful music and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit. Festival of Trees hours are as follows: November 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; November 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and November 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 62 and older, $1 for children under 12 and free for children under one.
Saturday, November 26 is filled with events for all ages. The day begins with Candy Cane Lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Easton Elementary School (Moton building). Children will enjoy crafts, games and many other fun activities. Santa will be available for visits and photos. Admission is $5 and includes lunch. Adults are free. Tickets are available at the door.
The Homes Tour, featuring unique and beautifully decorated homes, begins on Saturday morning. Guests will take a self-guided driving tour of five spectacular homes in Talbot County. The Homes Tour is both Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may be used either day. For tickets, visit www.festival-of-trees.org.
Saturday, November 26, is an evening of dancing. The Daddy-Daughter Dance is a special night for fathers of all ages to dance with their adoring daughters from 6 to 8 p.m. The dance will be held at the Elk’s Lodge #1622 on Dutchman’s Lane in Easton. There will be an American Girl doll raffle, a gift shop for daughters to shop for Christmas gifts, light refreshments and dancing with DJ Eric Higgins. The boys will also have an evening out with their moms at the Mother-Son Dance, which will be held at the Avalon Theatre from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be silent auction items, a photo booth, light refreshments and dancing with music by DJ Tim Burns. Cost is $30 per adult and $10 for each son or daughter.
While the Festival of Trees weekend provides something for all ages, there are a few events that occur prior to the Thanksgiving weekend.
Dinner at the Crab Claw will be on Tuesday, November 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. The Crab Claw Restaurant in St. Michaels will be hosting a Talbot Hospice Night. The Crab Claw will generously be donating the proceeds from your dinner to the Talbot Hospice Foundation. Reservations are suggested by calling 410-745-2900.
For additional information on any of the Festival of Trees events, call 410-819-FEST or visit www.festival-of-trees.org. All Festival of Trees events are presented by the Friends of Hospice to benefit Talbot Hospice. The concept originated in 1986 by Midge Menzies and Leslie Ware, who formed the Friends of Hospice to create a community awareness of the Hospice program. Since that time, The Friends of Hospice has donated over $2.8 million to Talbot Hospice. All of the funds have been generated from the Annual Festival of Trees event. The Festival of Trees is traditionally held Thanksgiving Weekend.