‘All That Glit­ters’ at Fes­ti­val of Trees

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

EAS­TON — “All That Glit­ters” in just about any form you can think of can be found hang­ing on a tree in the Gold Ball­room at the Tide­wa­ter Inn this week­end.

It’s the 32nd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees, pre­sented by the Friends of Hospice to ben­e­fit Tal­bot Hospice.

Fol­low the path­way be­tween row af­ter row of 46 large, twin­kling hol­i­day trees, dec­o­rated around the theme “All That Glit­ters,” and you will be in the hol­i­day spirit in no time.

There also are table­top trees, minia­ture trees and wreaths to pon­der.

A large Hospice Me­mo­rial Tree in the cor­ner of the ball­room is decked out in white, doves car­ry­ing the names of those who re­ceived hospice care and have passed on.

A tree made en­tirely of pot­ted poin­set­tias is a cen­ter­piece of the ball­room. Ninety-eight poin­set­tias, many pur­chased in mem­ory of a loved one, make up the tree.

There is a tree de­voted to the mem­ory of Richard Slaugh­ter, late pub­lisher of At­trac­tion Mag­a­zine, who died ear­lier this year. It fea­tures photos of Slaugh­ter and his wife Har­riet, and many of Slaugh­ter’s fa­vorite pas­times, which in­cluded boat­ing and en­joy­ing Eastern Shore life.

Slaugh­ter’s friends joined forces and sur­prised Har­riet Slaugh­ter with the tree. The dec­o­ra­tors in­cluded Midge Men­zies, Lau­rie Roys­don, Bev­erly Edgell, Meg Van den Berg, Arnie and Joanne Bough­ner, Martha Austin, Susie Wheeler, Susie Dil­lon, Su­san DuPont and Margie Cal­la­han.

There is a spe­cial Tal­bot Hu­mane tree dec­o­rated by Re­becca Ward and Rita Devine fea­tur­ing let­ters from ca­nines ad­dressed “Dear Santa Paws ...”

A “Star Span­gled Christ­mas Tree” is dec­o­rated with Amer­i­can flags and fig­ures from the branches of the mil­i­tary. It’s topped with a large sil­ver star and will be dis­played in the USO Of­fice at BWI/ Thur­good Mar­shall Air­port af­ter the fes­ti­val is over.

A tree dec­o­rated by Jenny Moore fea­tures mar­tini glasses and stars taste­fully cut out of beer cans, ti­tled “Cheers to the Hol­i­day.” The tree’s des­ti­na­tion will be the 4021 Pub in Trappe.

Lots of crino­line and lace show up in a cel­e­bra­tion of the fem­i­nine on a tree dec­o­rated by Jodie Turner, Quinn Turner, Christy Noble and Ella Noble ti­tled “Baba’s Boudoir.” The tree’s des­ti­na­tion is the 1880 Bank on Idlewild Av­enue.

Fes­ti­val am­biance goes even deeper with live per­for­mances of hol­i­day mu­sic, from the sa­cred to the sec­u­lar.

There are lone pi­ano so­los, duets and trios all the way up to of­fer­ings by large choirs and cham­ber singer groups. A new artist per­forms nearly ev­ery hour.

The Christ­mas Elves Shop, ad­ja­cent to the ball­room, is full of one-of-a-kind gifts. Fea­tures of note this year are hol­i­day-dec­o­rated top hat ta­ble cen­ter­pieces made by Joyce Philip.

Other events in con­junc­tion with the fes­ti­val that are go­ing on in­clude the Fes­ti­val Homes Tour, for which five Tal­bot County fam­i­lies have opened their fab­u­lous homes, dec­o­rated for the hol­i­days, for the pub­lic to view.

The homes tour will con­tinue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day, Nov. 26. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the Gold Ball­room at the Tide­wa­ter Inn.

Lots of good­ies are be­ing raf­fled. There is an orig­i­nal paint­ing by Diane Dubois Mul­laly cap­tur­ing a brightly lit sail­boat in a boat pa­rade. The paint­ing graces the cover of this year’s fes­ti­val book­let and brochure.

There is a raf­fle tree, dec­o­rated by Su­san Met­zger, Keith Gould, Shirlynn Shafer and Nathan Shafer.

The tra­di­tional money tree is dec­o­rated by Bar­bie dolls — and a Ken — wear­ing clothes made out of U.S. cur­rency. The clos­est guess to how much money com­prises the dec­o­ra­tions wins the raf­fle. The tree was dec­o­rated by Sandy Gen­try.

There is a spe­cial raf­fle with first prize a $1000 South­west Air­lines Gift Card spon­sored by the Eas­ton Of­fice of Mer­rill Lynch, and sec­ond prize a cus­tom-made vintage wood cock­tail ta­ble, do­nated by Old Wood Delaware LLC.

But the mag­num opus in terms of fes­ti­val raf­fles is the Shearer the Jew­eler Raf­fle — a beau­ti­ful two-toned gold and di­a­mond sail­boat neck­lace de­signed and hand-man­u­fac­tured by its gold­smith. The piece con­tains .65 to­tal di­a­mond weight and has a small ruby.

The neck­lace is val­ued at $2,050. Each ticket is $100, and only 100 tick­ets will be sold.

Draw­ings will be held and win­ners will be an­nounced at the end of the fes­ti­val — at 6 p.m. Tues­day, Nov. 28. For most of the raf­fles, you do not need to be present to win.

The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun­day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­day and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues­day.

All pro­ceeds sup­port op­er­at­ing costs of Tal­bot Hospice, which is the premier re­source in Tal­bot County for peo­ple fac­ing end-of-life ill­ness, loss and grief, pro­vid­ing full-ser­vice hospice care in homes, nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties and at the Hospice House on Cyn­wood Drive in Eas­ton. For in­for­ma­tion, visit tal­both­os­pice.org.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

Forty-six large trees, along with ta­ble top, minia­ture trees and wreaths, lend their hol­i­day am­biance at the 32nd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees, to ben­e­fit Tal­bot Hospice.

PHOTOS BY CHRIS POLK

Forty-six large trees, along with ta­ble top, minia­ture trees and wreaths, lend their hol­i­day am­biance at the 32nd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees, to ben­e­fit Tal­bot Hospice.

Cou­ples dance to Oak Creek Jazz dur­ing the pre­view party.

Let­ters from ca­nines are stuffed in a mail­box on the “Dear Santa Paws, I Have Been a Very Good Dog This Year ...” tree dec­o­rated by Re­becca Ward and Rita Devine in the Fes­ti­val of Trees. The tree’s des­ti­na­tion is Tal­bot Hu­mane.

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