Don’t Miss the Altrusa Club’s 18th Annual Festival of Trees!

2013FOTTo kick off the holiday season in the Lakes Region, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 18th Annual Festival of Trees during the first full weekend of December. This much anticipated event will be hosted by the Hale family at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated Christmas trees, fine products made by local artisans, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s event, all while benefitting local charities and community projects! Continue reading

It’s Time for Altrusa Club’s Annual Festival of Trees!

To open the Lakes Region’s holiday season, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 17th Annual Festival of Trees this weekend. This spectacular festival will be held at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated Christmas trees, fine products made by local artisans, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s event, all while benefitting local charities and community projects!

The Festival kicks off on Thursday evening, November 29th, with the Silent & Live Auction and Gala from 5:30 – 8:00pm. The night will be filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts, and a cash wine and beer bar. Guests will enjoy the picturesque New England barn setting, featuring a huge rustic fireplace, while bidding on many great items contributed by area businesses. New this year, a live auction will feature three specialty items: a 40” Samsung HDTV Flat Screen TV, two MS/Mount Washington dinner cruise tickets paired with an overnight stay at The Inns & Spa at Mill Falls, and two Ski NH one-day unrestricted ski passes to both Gunstock and Ragged Mountain, along with gift certificates to Patrick’s Pub and Fratello’s Ristoranté Italiano or The Homestead Restaurant. As in years past, the Lakes Region’s favorite well-known radio personality, Pat Kelly, will take on the role of Master of Ceremonies for the event. Tonight’s gala is now officially sold out, so the night is expected to be a terrific success! Continue reading

Altrusa Club of Meredith Celebrates 16th Annual Festival of Trees!

In celebration of the holiday season, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 16th Annual Lakes Region Festival of Trees this weekend.  This spectacular festival will be held at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated Christmas trees, fine products made by local artisans especially for The Noel Shoppe, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s event, all while benefitting local charities and community projects!

The Festival kicks off on Thursday evening, December 1st, with the Silent Auction and Gala from 5:30 – 8:00pm.  The night will be filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts, and a cash wine and beer bar.  Lakes Region favorite Pat Kelly will take on the role of Master of Ceremonies for the auction, where guests can bid on the many wonderful items donated by area businesses.  One of the auction items is the Common Man Christmas Tree, which is decorated with “C-Man” gift cards worth $250!  Also on hand will be Karel Hayes, a local author and illustrator who will be signing her books at The Noel Shoppe.  The silent auction and gala sold out last year, so the night is expected to be a terrific success! As of today, there are approximately 25 tickets left for last-minute guests.  Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door, and may be purchased at the Greater Meredith Chamber of Commerce, Cackleberries Garden and Gift Shop on Rte. 3 in Meredith, and Fashion Forward on Rte. 25 in Moultonborough. Continue reading

Don’t Miss the 15th Annual Festival of Trees in Center Harbor!

2010 closeup with many treesIn celebration of the holiday season, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 15th Annual Lakes Region Festival of Trees this weekend.  This spectacular festival will be held at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated trees, fine products made by local artisans, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s event, all while benefitting local charities and community projects!

The Festival kicks off on Thursday evening, December 2nd, with the Silent Auction and Gala from 5:30 – 8:00pm.  The night will be filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, and delicious desserts!  Lakes Region favorite Pat Kelly will take on the role of Master of Ceremonies for the auction, where guests can bid on the many wonderful items donated by area businesses.  Also on hand will be Karel Hayes, a local author and illustrator who will be signing her books at The Noel Shoppe.  Tickets for the silent auction and gala have already sold out, so the night should be a terrific success!

This kayak from Wild Meadow will be one of the auction items!

This kayak from Wild Meadow will be one of the auction items!

The Festival of Trees continues throughout the weekend—on Friday the 3rd from 2pm – 8pm, Saturday the 4th from 9am – 5pm, and Sunday the 5th from 11am – 5pm.  Visitors can stroll amongst magnificent holiday trees, which have been contributed and decorated by area businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and families, while enjoying apple cider and fresh cookies.  The Noel Shoppe will be stocked with a variety of handmade items and gifts, from traditional to whimsical, created by local artisans and craftspeople.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support artists and the community at the same time!  Tickets will be available all weekend for the ‘Tis the Season Raffle, where folks can take their chances on several fabulous baskets and one of the stunning “enchanted” trees.

Bring the little ones on Friday, December 3rd for a new children’s event, the reading of in “A Wish to be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe.  This story is a magical tale of an evergreen tree that wishes to be a beautiful Christmas tree.  Children ages 3 – 8 are encouraged to come in their pajamas, and are invited to bring their favorite adults to visit the enchanted Woodland Cabin for story time.  Pre-registration for either the 5:00pm or 7:00pm reading is suggested, as space is limited.  For more information, please call 387-4380.

Admission to the Festival is $3.00, and free for children 5 and under.  The Altrusa Club of Meredith works under the umbrella of Altrusa International, Inc., an “international association of business executives and professionals who volunteer their energies and expertise in projects dedicated to community betterment.”  The Altrusa Club of Meredith, Leaders in Service, is grateful for the past support from the Lakes Region community.  All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, the Moultonborough Santa Fund, area food pantries, and other Altrusa initiatives.  Last year’s event raised over $8,000 – the most ever!  Altrusa distributes all donated trees through area Christmas funds and other outreach organizations following the Festival.

Please come to Center Harbor this weekend to support this dedicated organization!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Photos courtesy of Bonnie Edwards, Photographic Portraits, Meredith, and a member of Altrusa.