Festival of Trees Takes Shape
Volunteer Elisa Camargo places figurines in a display -photos 250News
Prince George, B.C. – Tomorrow, the 22nd Annual Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s Festival of Trees will get underway at the Prince George Civic Centre and volunteers are working hard to make sure everything is ready.“We are ahead of schedule in putting it all together” says Festival Assistant co-ordinator Allison McCray. “We’ve had so many volunteers this year, it’s been wonderful, so we feel we are on target.”
To mark the City’s centennial, the organizers wanted to have 100 trees on display. McCray says they’ve reached that goal ” I think we are right around 100 plus. Big trees and little trees about half and half, but all decorated.”
The festival has a “lumberjack” theme this year, a theme that is evident the moment you walk into the Civic Centre. There is a log cabin display with lumberjack “George” sitting in the ‘snow’
(photo at right, Sandra DaSilva, who created ‘George’ spreads out some cotton batting snow)
Organizing the festival is a year long event says McCray “We’re already talking and thinking about next year as we see our space and we’re already thinking about a theme”.
This is the 22nd annual Festival of Trees, and making it fresh each year is no small feat says McCray “It’s always a challenge, there’s always something going on, this year, we are focusing on Prince George’s 100th birthday, next year, there’s an anniversary coming up we’re going to kind of work around. But everyone always has great ideas, so there’s always something.”
The Festival gets underway Friday evening with a fashion show which is a sold out event. Saturday evening’s Dance and Dine Among the Pine is also sold out as are one of the brunches and the Senior’s lunch.
The doors open to the public Saturday at 9 am.
All proceeds from the Festival of Trees go to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. Below is the full schedule of events for the Festival.