Fes­ti­val of Trees ush­ers in the ‘Most Won­der­ful Time of the Year’

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS - By Pa­trick Con­nolly

OR­LANDO – Although we’re two weeks out from Thanks­giv­ing and tem­per­a­tures are still in the 80s, the Or­lando Mu­seum of Art is al­ready kick­ing off the “Most Won­der­ful Time of the Year.”

The Coun­cil of 101, a group of nearly 300 women, have come to­gether to host their 32nd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees on Nov. 10-18.

This year, the “Most Won­der­ful Time of the Year” themed fes­ti­val has taken over the mu­seum with 50 trees in ad­di­tion to the many wreaths and gifts, all of which are avail­able for pur­chase.

Linda Cege­lis, who has been a part of the Coun­cil of 101 since 1994, said the fundraiser has trans­formed and grown over the past sev­eral decades.

“We ac­tu­ally used to hand­make the or­na­ments that went on the trees and were dis­played in the gift shops for pur­chase,” Cege­lis said. “To­day, it’s a much big­ger en­ter­prise. We have as many as 10,000 peo­ple that might come through the doors and see our event.”

The funds raised from the event are do­nated to the Or­lando Mu­seum of Art. Over the years, the Coun­cil of 101 has raised more than $7 mil­lion for the mu­seum.

The Fes­ti­val of Trees event will host a num­ber of spe­cial hol­i­day op­por­tu­ni­ties such as break­fasts with Santa and an ugly hol­i­day sweater date night.

In ad­di­tion to trees and wreaths, guests can view the fes­ti­val’s Gin­ger­bread Vil­lage and treat chil­dren to a Toy Land visit.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion to the fes­ti­val is $15 for adults, $5 for chil­dren ages 3-11 and $10 for se­niors (65 and over), OMA mem­bers, first re­spon­ders and mil­i­tary.

The Or­lando Mu­seum of Art is lo­cated at 2416 N Mills Ave., Or­lando, 32803. Call 407-896-4231 ext. 221 or find a full list­ing of events and more in­for­ma­tion at omart.org/events/fes­ti­val_of_trees.

Want to get in touch? You can find me on Twit­ter (@PCon­nPie), In­sta­gram (@pcon­npie) or send me an email: pcon­nolly@or­lan­dosen­tinel.com.

PA­TRICK CON­NOLLY/OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL

A hall­way of trees and wreaths is set up dur­ing a pre­view of the Fes­ti­val of Trees at the Or­lando Mu­seum of Art.

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