This year’s Festival of Trees, held on December 9 with a Festival Eve decorating party on December 8, was a great success, with the largest-ever raffle of donated gift items, an impressive group of decorators and teams, and a warm and appreciative crowd of bidders in attendance. Chris Farr’s piano renditions of favorite holiday tunes (including this editor’s favorite, In the Bleak Midwinter!) created the perfect mood for the event—nostalgic and sweet, offering attendees that special glimpse of the seasonal excitement we felt as children.
One pair of attendees noted to the raffle cashiers that they had been to other festivals of trees where “everything was commercial and store bought.” They appreciatively noted the creative and handmade elements to be found throughout EAC’s festival, while making a donation to the Center.

Spotted on Lysa Intrator’s ‘Mother Cat (of the Three Little Kittens) and Her Found Mittens’ tree, this wee watercolor of evergreens! Photos with this story by Jude Kempe and Lauren Koss.

EAC wishes to thank the many who made the event possible this year. We invite you to scroll down for a complete list, and to enjoy photos documenting this year’s festivities and a fun video of the decorating party made by Olivia Perkins, daughter of EAC Education & Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Perkins. We hope we’ll see you next year!

Helen Swallow trims the Pickleball Club’s latest contribution to the festival, a silver-hued and perfectly campy creation titled “Balls, Balls, Balls.”

the individuals and businesses who brought holiday magic to the Center with their ingenious decorations and donated raffle items; the generous community members who dug deep to bid on their favorite trees and gifts; and the many behind-the-scenes helpers who labored to make the event a success, and who shone during the event. Special kudos to volunteers Melissa Newcomb, emcee, and Chris Farr, pianist; and to Georgie Kendall/Kendall Farm Cottages and Event Barn, donor of the live trees, with harvesting help from Cathy Adelman and Muffy Floyd.

Volunteer Melissa Newcomb served as Festival emcee, decked out in blue velvet.

The Decorators: Chris Grannis; Eastport Senior Center; Jude Kempe; Cathy Adelman and Muffy Floyd; Helen Swallow and the Pickleball Club; Lysa Intrator; Jessica and Rachel Williams; Gwen Jones, Claudia de Vries Arroyo and Cynthia Morse; Kathy Lewis; Alberta Hunter; Andrea Linton; Arline Parent; Alison Brennan, Ann Cannizzaro and Tonya Troiani of the St. Croix International Garden Club; Kelly Grieco/Breakwater Bagels and More; David Oja/The Bazaar; Manuela Brice/Lunamuse Fibers; Lisa Smith/Horn Run Brewing; Cynthia Morse/Eastport Breakwater
Gallery; Dianna Leigh/Tales of the Whale; Sue Ronga/Downeast Creations; Alison Brynn
Ross/Eastport Gallery; Rayett Cooper/207 Maine Gifts; Melissa Newcomb/MulticraftMom and
Resin8; Lin Krom/Enid’s Cauldron of Curiosities; and Peter Brown, Okie Dokie Glass.

Our largest gift raffle yet, thanks to the generosity of the donors listed below.

Raffle Donors: Phoenix Fine Wines; the Tides Institute & Museum of Art; Amy Ray/Bingville
Vintage Wear & Art; Don Dunbar/Eastern Maine Images; Raye’s Mustard; Meg McGarvey/The
Commons; Eastport Breakwater Gallery; Jean Pegrum; Donna Parlin; Kate Devonshire/Mainely
Sea Debris; Christina Smith/The Christina Gallery; Nia Aretakis; Ann Cannizzaro; Monique
Claverie/Cobscook Stitches; Lora Whelan; Nancy Harrison; Lynn Dorner/Boutique; On the
Corner Sauces; Sunshine Lola and Ann Dalton.

EAC Director Meg Colbert (left) and VIP volunteer Marlene Russ worked behind the scenes at the event.

And still more who helped with the event: Thanks to Dana Bowen, Eastport Elementary, for #10 cans to serve as tree stands, and to gravel crew Louis West and Cynthia and Michael Morse; to raffle cashiers Alison Brennan and Cathy Adelman; to Will Lopez and Meg Colbert for EAC decoration and setup; to Marlene Russ for hospitality; to decorating helpers Bug Davidson, Susan Ober and Louis West and to Jude Kempe, photo-documentarian and Olivia Perkins, video-documentarian!

Sincere thanks to all who participated with the event. All proceeds go to support EAC’s ongoing goal of sustainability.