The trees we create for my favorite fundraiser in the whole world all come with a story.

Georgie Kendall

Eastport Arts Center’s Festival of Trees is slated for Saturday December 11, from 4:30-5:30 pm. This year, 20 tabletop-size trees will be up for bid, each with its own back story and special significance. 

Georgie Kendall, who notes that the EAC’s Festival of Trees is her ‘favorite fundraiser in the whole world,’ has titled her 2021 contribution ‘Flower Power,’ dedicating the tree to dear friends and family members who have died of suicide.  “This one comes with a whole lot of love for those we miss so much,” notes Kendall, who has been collecting dried flowers, including roses, hydrangeas, statice, purple larkspur and globe amaranth, from friends in Eastport, Calais and Robbinston for her creation. Alongside these blooms, a string of daisy lights, donated by a close college friend’s daughter, will be featured, as well as upcycled paper flowers which Kendall brought home for her mother from the 2019 Festival of Trees. Kendall’s tree is offered under her two business identities: as a Realtor© with Realty of Maine, and for Kendall Farm Cottages and Event Barn.

After a ‘virtual’ event last year, this year’s festival has been retooled for safety, while focused as always on a dazzling ‘forest’ of lovingly decorated trees. Attendees will be guided through one-way lanes for a socially distanced chance to view and bid on the trees; those who’d prefer to participate from afar are encouraged to send a proxy bidder. Musical entertainment by Brandy and Ross Argir, commentary by emcee Mark Macey, tempting raffles and takeout treats will complete the affair.

Organizer Marged Higginson is thrilled that the festival has come full circle. “I brought the idea with me to Eastport from the Berkshire Art Museum in Pittsfield, MA,” noted Higginson, “and here it is nurturing the arts in Maine!”

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building.