Magic in the Gold Ball­room

Fes­ti­val of Trees con­tin­ues through Tues­day

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK [email protected]­dem.com

EAS­TON — It’s a mag­i­cal few days at the 33rd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees, pre­sented by the Friends of Hospice to ben­e­fit Tal­bot Hospice.

The Gold Ball­room in the Tide­wa­ter Inn is a shiny won­der­land of hol­i­day trees dec­o­rated to the theme “The Magic of Christ­mas.”

Plot your course to fol­low a me­an­der­ing path­way through the dec­o­rated trees, and the ef­fect will be mag­i­cal in­deed.

Seventy-two trees, from 10 feet tall to 18 inches, tell many sto­ries and strike many themes.

A large Hospice Me­mo­rial Tree in the cor­ner of

the ball­room is decked out in white and cov­ered with doves. The names of 289 peo­ple who died this year are on the tree.

A tra­di­tional poin­set­tia tree in the cen­ter of the ball­room rises to the ceil­ing and glows red. The tree is made of 136 poin­set­tias, each do­nated in honor or in mem­ory of a loved one.

There are whim­si­cal trees, hu­mor­ous trees, nos­tal­gic trees — all of them beau­ti­ful.

There’s a Harry Pot­ter-themed tree, “The Magic of a Story,” dec­o­rated by Tal­bot County Pub­lic Schools art stu­dents Brid­get Whited and Lyn­d­sey Basham. Af­ter the fes­ti­val, the tree will be on dis­play at the Dixon House.

“Stand­ing Watch over Christ­mas Magic” is dec­o­rated with Amer­i­can flags and fig­ures from the branches

of the mil­i­tary, dec­o­rated by Nancy Sweet, Con­nie Green­hawk and Joy Erv­ing.

The tree will be dis­played in the USO Of­fice at BWI/Thur­good Mar­shall Air­port af­ter the fes­ti­val is over.

Fes­ti­val am­biance goes even deeper with live per­for­mances of Christ­mas 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 oneof-a-kind gifts.

Other events in con­junc­tion with the fes­ti­val that are go­ing on in­clude the Fes­ti­val Homes Tour, for which three fab­u­lous homes, dec­o­rated for the hol­i­days, have been opened 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.

There also is the tra­di­tional Daddy Daugh­ter Dance at the Eas­ton Elks Lodge and Mother Son Dance at The Mile­stone.

Raf­fles in­clude the 2018 orig­i­nal fes­ti­val paint­ing by Brad Ross, a South­west Airlines gift card worth $1000, a hand­made chess ta­ble do­nated by Har­ri­son Cab­i­net Makin, and a Raf­fle Tree, dec­o­rated by Sanc­tuar y In­te­ri­ors, Marge Coy­man and El­iz­a­beth Kelly.

There also is a money tree par­tic­i­pants can win if they guess and are the clos­est to the amount.

Fes­ti­val Spon­sors in­clude the Crab Claw Restau­rant; the Tide­wa­ter Inn; Ac­count­ing Strate­gies Group; Dana McGrath; Joseph E. Peters; Bartlett, Grif­fin & Ver­mi­lye; Jack and Pamela Bishop; Eas­ton Util­i­ties; Carol Mur­phy; and Shore Banc­shares.

The Fes­ti­val of Trees 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 in the Gold Ball­room at the Tide­wa­ter Inn on Har­ri­son Street.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. fes­ti­val-of-trees.org.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS POLK

Pa­trons en­joy a won­der­land of dec­o­rated trees at the 33rd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees in the his­toric Tide­wa­ter Inn through Tues­day. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Tal­bot Hospice Foun­da­tion.

A large Hospice Me­mo­rial Tree in the cor­ner of the ball­room is decked out in white and cov­ered with doves. The names of 289 peo­ple who died this year are also on the tree.

Pa­trons en­joy a won­der­land of dec­o­rated trees at the 33rd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Trees in the his­toric Tide­wa­ter Inn through Tues­day. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Tal­bot Hospice Foun­da­tion.

Vi­olin­ists Lisa Cun­ning­ham and Su­san Simp­son play car­ols, ac­com­pa­nied by Kay Daf­fin on the pi­ano (not pic­tured) dur­ing the Fes­ti­val of Trees on Satur­day.

A “Fairy Christ­mas” tree has wings and fairy dust, dec­o­rated by Jenny Moore and Crys­tal Rodgers, at the Fes­ti­val of Trees at the Tide­wa­ter Inn through Tues­day.

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