EAC’s 13th Annual Festival of Trees—a warm community event and key fundraiser—will be offered Saturday, December 10, 4:30-5:30 pm. Decorators have been busy with their creations, many of whom took time to share images of their works in progress and ideas.

Among these is Georgie Kendall, a longtime supporter of the Festival who has created a whole grove of creative trees over the years. This year, she’ll remember her mother, Barbara Kendall, with ‘The Barbarista Tree’. “Honoring my Mom, Barbara Kendall on the anniversary of her passing,” writes Georgie, “a fashionista who loved the arts and a dirty martini!” The tree will feature reproductions of Barbara’s artwork.

Another passionate creative at work for this year’s festival is EAC’s new Executive Director Meg Colbert, who is crafting a treeful of ‘Feline Frolics’ with husband Will Lopez, featuring hand-painted and humorous designs (some of these of holiday cat-mayhem!) on scallop shells.

EAC Executive Director Meg Colbert made the cat-themed ornaments above last year; now, with fresh inspiration for EAC’s Festival of Trees, she and husband Will are at work on a new batch of comical cats, hand-painted on scallop shells, and sure to inspire some lively bidding!

Decorating team Cathy Adelman and Muffy Floyd, with their ‘Baubles and Beads’ tree, are creating ornaments with metallic elements to maximize twinkle and shine, and featuring clever transformation of natural elements, like poppy flower pods.

Cathy Adelman (above) and Muffy Floyd (below) are working on metallic elements for their ‘Baubles and Beads’ tree.

St. Croix International Garden Club member Tonya Troiani writes, as she works with a team to prepare the group’s contribution to EAC’s 13th Annual Festival of Trees, “We’re looking forward to getting our little tree decked out. I have just completed the little star for the top using a cut-out piece of cedar shingle, covered in broken shells for shine along with dried flowers, seed heads and berries. It’s going to be a “cunning tree” as Pearl would say.”
The team’s tree, ‘Garden Seeds and Treasures,’ will be bedecked with little handmade packets containing flower and garden seeds, each with accompanying information/planting directions.

St. Croix Garden Club members, including Tonya Troiani (from left), Rachel Hamilton, Cheryl Brissenden-Ficker and Linda Gralenski, are at work on elements to be used on their tree. Photo by club member Alison Brennan.

Alongside this looking-forward-to-Spring contribution, one raffle item of note: homemade preserves made by Lora Whelan and Edward French, in four flavors—Crab Apple Cardamom; Rose Peach; Rhubarb Ginger; and Plum Peach—to capture the delectable flavor of summer in Eastport in a jar! We have nine tempting items in the ticket raffle this year, with tickets priced at $1 each; $5 for six; or $20 for 30 tickets. All proceeds from the raffle and tree bids go to sustain EAC’s year ’round programming for all ages.

In addition to viewing (and bidding on a favorite) of the tabletop trees, attendees will enjoy perusing the ticket raffle items, listening to live music and receiving a takeout treat! Those who are unable to attend are invited to send a proxy bidder in their place, or to consider making a donation on the occasion of this event here: https://eastportartscenter.org/support-eac/donate/
Please read about all of our decorators and decorator teams and their tree themes here: https://eastportartscenter.org/2022/12/decorators-hard-at-work-as-festival-nears-tree-themes-teams-announced/, or read about our prize, refreshment and music-donors here: https://eastportartscenter.org/2022/11/generous-donations-to-boost-eacs-annual-festival/.
An array of stories about this event may be accessed here:
https://eastportartscenter.org/tag/festival-of-trees/.

EAC’s Festival of Trees has long been a community holiday tradition. Here friends Robin Leavitt (above, from right), Indy Jones and Cort Jones, at the 2018 festival, are hoping to be highest bidders on a tree featuring a bounty of art supplies; a similar tree will be available for bidding this year. Photo by Diana Jones. This editor thinks that the boys, returning to the festival this year, may be attracted to the two Wilderness Water Globes in the ticket raffle—Doe and Fawn (below) and Wolf and Cub designs available!