Mountain Statesman | Participants wanted for the 9th Annual Festival of Trees

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GRAFTON—The leaves have taken on their beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow and word of the first snowfall has already begun, so it’s no surprise that two local organizations are already starting to focus on the winter season. winter vacation.

It’s that time of year again to dust off those ornaments and lights and start thinking of a theme for a beautifully decorated tree for the Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) and Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR). ) 9e Annual Tree Festival fundraiser.

“There’s a familiar twinge in the air and the days are getting shorter. This means that fall is here and winter is approaching,” explained the TCCA representative. “But winter brings its own special magic, and part of that magic is our Festival of Trees!”

Organizations are looking for clubs, organizations and individuals who would like to participate in the 2022 Tree Festival, hailed as the most beautiful fundraiser of the year.

Any businesses, organizations or individuals wishing to participate in this year’s adventure can decorate their trees and drop them off at Gallery 62 West, with a variety of dates to choose from.

These dates include Monday, November 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, November 8, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, November 9, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, November 10, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“Those who would like to schedule an alternate time to bring a tree near the gallery should call 304-265-5500, and one of our volunteers will contact you to schedule a time,” the rep shared.

During the fundraiser, beautiful, unique trees will be decorated in all sorts of themes, ranging from Christmas and holiday themed trees to health, sports and business related trees.

Some of the past entries have included Rainbow Tree, WVU Tree, Lip Sense Tree, Heart Health Tree, Blue Christmas, Peppermint Tree, Dogs and Cats Tree, Woodland Creatures Tree, a tree decorated with berries, a coffee tree and a tree of peace on earth.

Participants also created a recycled tree, a pottery tree, a stained glass tree and a Let It Snow wreath.

When it comes to decorating, the sky is the limit and all themes are welcome.

Once submitted, the exquisitely decorated trees will be on display at the gallery beginning Friday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m.

When raising funds, not only will individuals be able to see the masterpieces created, but they will also be able to bid on them.

“Profits raised will be split between the two non-profit organizations,” explained the TCCA member. “TCCA is dedicated to bringing art to Taylor County through performances, exhibits and classes. The TCFR is essential in helping families who are going through difficult times and may need assistance with obtaining basic needs such as food, cleaning items, clothing, baby items, pet supplies and more.

Participants do not need to be present at the auction to win.

“We will be announcing our extended opening hours for tree viewing and auctions very soon,” the TCCA member revealed.

Individuals can also call the gallery at the telephone number mentioned above to schedule an appointment for a private viewing.

To keep up to date with this and other events happening at Gallery 62 West, be sure to like and follow TCCA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TCAC.Inc.

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