Pre­par­ing for the Fes­ti­val of Trees

Mac­don­ald Mu­seum fundraiser brings Christ­mas spirit to Mid­dle­ton


If you haven’t found that Christ­mas spirit by Dec, 3, drop into the Mac­don­ald Mu­seum in Mid­dle­ton and check out the an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees.

You’ll leave in a fes­tive mood and might even pick up some neat dec­o­rat­ing ideas.

Mu­seum di­rec­tor Jan­ice Slauen­white hopes 30 seven-foot conifers will be up and dec­o­rated through­out the mu­seum, bring­ing some Christ­mas cheer to area res­i­dents who are free to come in and take a look start­ing Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. when the event is of­fi­cially launched.

Slauen­white said the trees are be­ing ‘bought’ and dec­o­rated by lo­cal busi­nesses, groups, or in­di­vid­u­als in this an­nual fundraiser that also in­cludes cook­ies, hot choco­late and pho­tos with Santa open­ing night. So bring the kids. For a small fee dig­i­tal pho­tos of chil­dren with Santa can be pur­chased.

Slauen­white said signs will in­di­cate who has dec­o­rated each tree and the pub­lic will be given the op­por­tu­nity to vote for their favourite with the win­ner re­ceiv­ing a prize bas­ket and some on­line pro­mo­tion.

Busi­nesses, groups, or in­di­vid­u­als pur­chas­ing a tree are free to trim their trees with items from their busi­nesses, go with trad- itional dé­cor, or come up with a dec­o­rat­ing theme.

The Fes­ti­val of Trees opens Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and con­tin­ues un­til Dec. 7 and can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on those days. Santa re­turns on Dec. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. with cook­ies and hot choco­late.

Slauen­white said while trees must be taken down af­ter the fes­ti­val, those who wish to do­nate their trees to a lo­cal fam­ily in need can let mu­seum staff know and ar­range­ments will be made for that to hap­pen.

While a num­ber of trees have al­ready been pur­chased, there are plenty left. Any busi­ness, group, or in­di­vid­ual want­ing to take part can con­tact the mu­seum at 902-8256116 or drop by at 21 School St.


Mac­don­ald Mu­seum’s Bon­nie Veinot will be in the mid­dle of a Christ­mas tree dec­o­rat­ing frenzy at the mu­seum when 30 seven-foot trees are erected and trimmed lead­ing up to the mu­seum’s Fes­ti­val of Trees that kicks off Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

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