Fifth annual Carnegie Festival of Trees reaches new heights

Memories of faith, hope and love make the theme of Carnegie volunteer Laura Stebbins' decoration, one of nearly 50 entries in the fifth annual Carnegie Library Museum Festival of Trees.

The fifth annual Festival of Trees at the Carnegie Library Museum began its five-week run Saturday, with visitors viewing nearly 50 cleverly decorated holiday-themed trees, wreaths and decorations. The display continues until Sunday, Dec. 23.

The Carnegie is open every day but Monday for visitors to the Festival of Trees. Special Carnegie hours will be held Friday, Nov. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with the Perry Lighted Christmas Parade and associated downtown festivities. A raffle drawing for quilts donated by Linda Andorf of Perry will be held.

Admission to the Carnegie Library Museum is free, and visitors will be able to vote with their free-will donations for their favorite tree or display. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Carnegie, which receives no programming funding from the city of Perry and stages its events on a shoestring budget.

Longtime Carnegie volunteers Katie Schott and Laura Stebbins are the lead organizers of the event, with many local individuals, businesses and civi and religious groups participating. Staffers with the Fullhart-Carnegie Trust, doing business as Hometown Heritage, which now occupies the 100-year-old library, have also assisted.

With these photographs, — tree number two but second to none! — offers readers a few glimpses of the beauties in order to whet their appetites for an in-person viewing.

It takes a village to raise a festival of trees, and Alberta Smith of Perry’s miniature village raises holiday spirits.


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