Garden Club to host 27th annual Festival of Trees

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Springfield Garden Club invites the public to attend the 27th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser Friday, Nov. 22, from 6-8 p.m. Once again, the Great Hall at 100 River St. will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland” through the first week of January 2020.

Festival of Trees
A 65-inch handmade quilt donated by Darlene Larochelle of Springfield. Photo provided

The Friday night kickoff party will again feature holiday music by Gerry Grimo’s East Bay Jazz Ensemble, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer from Vermont brewers, 25 beautifully ornamented trees, an outdoor nature tree, wreaths and creations of seasonal greens, a silent auction, and a raffle.

The Springfield Garden Club is devoted to community service. Over the past 26 years, the club has given more than $200,000 back to the community through activities such as scholarships to graduating high school seniors or college students pursuing the field of horticulture, forestry, or environmental studies; town plantings; junior gardening programs; educational programs and speakers; garden therapy with Adult Day Care; monthly flower arrangements to Meals on Wheels recipients; Plant It Pink project at the Iron Bridge Garden; maintenance of Blue Star Memorial and all town gardens; and collaboration with other town organizations on civic projects.

Tickets are sold at the door. “The festival is the sole means of support for all of the programs the club provides to  the community,” stated Sandy MacGillivray, one of the event’s co-chairs.

“The festival would not be possible without generous support from civic-minded businesses and individuals in the local area,” stated President Cheryl Pierce. “We call on businesses which provide varied and interesting items which are combined into gift baskets and put into the raffle drawing. Last year, there were 22 gift baskets raffled off during the night of the festival.”

Other local businesses have donated larger gifts for the silent auction. “These are things like artwork, jewelry, home heating oil, wood pellets, area rugs, gym memberships, golf discounts, ski lift tickets and more,” stated Carol Eramo, silent auction and raffle co-chair. This year, we have a beautiful necklace from VonBargen Jewelers and also a 65-inch handmade quilt from Darlene Larochelle of Springfield.

“The club is also fortunate to have corporate sponsors and civic-minded individuals who donate outright cash gifts in support of the festival,” stated Jean Swanson, an event co-chair.

The sponsor businesses and organizations include: Alaura’s New Nails, Barbara Sanderson, Black River Quick Stop, Black Rock Steak House, Blair Books & More, Bob O’Brien, Boccaccios, Bradley Jackson, Brownsville Butcher & Pantry, Chester Hardware, Cinemas 3, Common Man Inn & Restaurant, Copper Fox, Country Treasures, Crown Point Country Club, Cuppity Kakes, Darlene Larochelle, Davis Memorial Chapel, DuBois & King Inc., Drew’s Organics, Edgar May Center, Endless Creations, Erin Hunter, Fauver Dental, Flying Crow Coffee Co., Fullerton Inn, Gallery at the VAULT, Hannaford, HB Energy Solutions, Home Depot, Hubert’s, Images Hairstyling Salon, Imagetek, Inn at Weathersfield, Inn Victoria, Jake’s Market & Deli, Jane Davis and Jean Hancock, Jim Ferguson, Joe’s Discount Beverage, Lambert Auto, Lawrence & Wheeler, LBL Fabrications, Lihatsh Family P&S Distributors, Lisai’s Chester Market, MacLaomainn’s Scottish Pub, Margery Collins, McDonalds, Mitch’s Maples, Muse & Associates, Neil and Pat Martin, Noriko Parker, Nortrax, Parker & Ankuda, R.B. Erskine Inc., Randy Adams and Barb Kramer, Route 106 North Market & Deli, Sage Jewelry, Salon 2000, Shannon’s Upscale Resale, Singleton’s Market, Sharon’s on the Common, Shaw’s, Sheri’s Place, Six Loose Ladies, Smokeshire Designs, Snap Fitness, Springfield Food Co-op, Springfield GMC, Springfield Housing Authority, Springfield Pharmacy, Springfield Reporter, Stonehearth Inn, Sunshine Acres, Sweetie Pies, The Free Range Restaurant, Tina’s Hallmark, Trout River Brewery, Tsuga Studios, Up Your Alley, Vermont Country Store, Vianor Tire Center, Virginia Thulen, Von Bargen’s Jewelry, Walmart, Willow Farm, Woodbury Florist, and Wood’s Cider Mill.

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