Letter to the editor: Thanks for bringing Festival of Trees to life

The wintry village has resumed its usual course.

To the editor:

The fake snow and glitter have all been swept from the floor of the Carnegie Library Museum, the holiday village under the stars taken away, the 12 chairs returned to the jury box, the courtroom benches lined in rows, replacing Christmas trees, nativities carefully wrapped and returned to storage in their respective homes, Santas gone from the fireplace, carolers packed away.

Numerous creative, unique, beautiful and fun trees and displays have been packed and carried away–the Carnegie has returned to its normal arrangement.

Thanks to everyone who played a part in the successful Festival of Trees 2022 community event. We were grateful to be back inside the gem that is the Carnegie Library Museum after two years of absence.

Thanks to all the participants who envision festive displays and then make them come to life–you are the ones who make it happen. Thanks to the city staff who greet and assist Festival of Trees visitors, connect outside lights, ensure fire safety and more.

Thanks to all the visitors who experience the festival and encourage others to attend.

And thanks to everyone who covers our event and helps to spread the word. We appreciate it.

As displays were being boxed, we were hearing rumblings of 2023.

“I’m working on angels for my tree for next year.”

“I want to involve students in some way.”

“Thinking about a ___ tree for next year.” (I’m not spilling the beans on a potential crowd-pleaser theme.)

The most common comment we get from participants is that it’s “fun,” and that makes us happy.

We’ll welcome back past participants in 2023 along with others who want to join our fun–all are welcome.

Thank you, all, and we’ll see you November 2023, when the sparkles and fake snow return.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the programming the Carnegie Library Museum offers year-round. Or just spend some time among the books, history and architecture of the Carnegie. The magic and fun can be found year-round.

Katie Schott and Laura Stebbins, Festival of Trees volunteer co-organizers


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