EAC’s 14th Annual Festival of Trees will feature tabletop trees ingeniously decorated by community members and local businesses, available to the highest (silent) bidder at the event, 5-6 pm, Saturday, December 9. This year’s trees—lush and fragrant fresh-cut balsams—were donated by Kendall Farm Cottages and Event Barn in Perry.

Among the gaily lit forest will be an edible sculpture by former EAC Director, Chris Grannis, who many times in her work at EAC offered food-related workshops, including bread-baking and gingerbread house making. The Bread Tree will be formed from three bread wreaths stacked atop each other with a bread star on top; it will be accompanied by flavored butters. “It’ll be bagged and ready to carry out,” notes Grannis. “Fresh made!” The high bidder may decide to freeze one or more of the bread elements for later consumption. In this case, Grannis suggests thawing the bread, then refreshing in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Alison Brynn Ross, who is working on an Eastport Gallery tree, shared this sneak peek at an ornament.

Lin Krom of new Eastport business Enid’s Cauldron of Curiosities will contribute A Bewitching Yule Holiday: a tree loaded with “everything needed to make holiday magic: candles, pendulum, dice, tarot cards, cinnamon sticks, candle holders and spell kits.”

Kelly Grieco of Breakwater Bagels and More shared this image of a yummy felt cinnamon roll, saying, “We are excited to once again offer a sweet something to the Festival of Trees! This one counts as zero calories so you can have as many as you want!”

St. Croix International Garden Club members Alison Brennan, Ann Cannizzaro and Tonya Troiani will present Garden’s Peaceful Bounty. The team began creating for the Festival of Trees last year, and has enjoyed their latest effort. “We were inspired by the quiet peace to be found as you tend your garden,” noted Brennan, EAC’s former Education & Outreach Coordinator. “We are creating a fruit garland and peace symbols from various plants and clay. We’re also working on ornaments using bright red chili peppers.”

Cynthia Morse shared this image of gnomes that will, along with 16 BABY gnomes (!!) deck the Eastport Breakwater Gallery tree. Cynthia has also been hard at work behind the scenes, organizing this year’s festival and expanded gift raffle.

Kathy Lewis will offer Snow Drift, a tree bedecked with crocheted snowflake ornaments of different sizes; some of these will be morphed, says Lewis, into a semi-melted state.

Lysa Intrator will dazzle attendees again with her soft sculpture doll and themed tree, ‘Mother Cat (of the Three Little Kittens) and Her Found Mittens’.

Jessica and Rachel Williams’ Victorian Whimsey will include handcrafted ornaments made from reproduction Victorian papers and materials and bonus party crackers filled with ‘nips of Christmas’.

Sue Ronga of DownEast Creations has been hard at work creating handpainted shell ornaments and a nautically inspired garland (below) for her tree, ‘Bold Coast Love’.

The full list of decorators and their trees is as follows:
The Bread Tree—Chris Grannis
Merry Stitch-mas Tree—Nicole and Olivia Perkins
Let it Snow—Eastport Senior Center
Ships Ahoy—Jude Kempe
Flowers and Feathers—Cathy Adelman and Muffy Floyd
Balls Balls Balls—Helen Swallow and the Pickleball Club
Mother Cat (of the Three Little Kittens) and her Found Mittens—Lysa Intrator
Victorian Whimsey—Jessica and Rachel Williams
It’s an Arty Christmas—Gwen Jones, Claudia de Vries Arroyo and Cynthia Morse
Snow Drift—Kathy Lewis
The World is Your Oyster—Chelsea May
Oh Christmas Tea, Oh Christmas Tea—Alberta Hunter
Hookmade Holiday—Andrea Linton
Mrs. Claus Cookie Company—Arline Parent
Garden’s Peaceful Bounty—The St. Croix International Garden Club (Alison Brennan, Ann Cannizzaro and Tonya Troiani)
Baking in a Winter Wonderland—Kelly Grieco/Breakwater Bagels and More
Felicity/Cherry Bomb—David Oja/The Bazaar
Rumpelstilzchen’s Redemption—Manuela Brice/Lunamuse Fiberart
It’s the Most Wonderful Time for a Beer—Lisa Smith/Horn Run Brewing
I’ll Be Gnome for Christmas—Cynthia Morse/Eastport Breakwater Gallery
Celestial Leather Bodies—Dianna Leigh/Tales of the Whale
Bold Coast Love—Sue Ronga/Downeast Creations
Simplicity of Joy—Alison Brynn Ross/Eastport Gallery
Memories & Maine—Rayett Cooper/207 Maine Gifts
Poketree—Gotta Catch ‘Em All!—Melissa Newcomb/MulticraftMom and Resin8
A Bewitching Yule Holiday—Lin Krom/Enid’s Cauldron of Curiosities

Cathy Adelman has been creating these flower-bedecked lights to pair with Muffy Floyd‘s ornaments (below) for the ‘Flowers and Feathers’ tree.

The Festival, a key fundraiser for EAC’s year-round programs for all ages, is also a popular annual holiday social. This year, the free event will include instrumental music by Chris Farr, pianist, who has a special passion for the holiday repertoire. In addition to the auction of trees, a raffle of gifts donated by local businesses will be held. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to enjoy the displays.

Arline Parent shared this glimpse of the array of decorations ready to trim her ‘Mrs. Claus Cookie Company‘ tree.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.