The seventh annual Festival of Trees has opened at the Heritage Center. Several organizations have worked with the staff at the Heritage Center in developing the displays. Mountain Preservation Society and Discover Together have provided trees that reflect their respective missions.
The anchor tree of the display was decorated by Cynthia Killian and the staff of the Heritage Center. Janelle Taylor has contributed a tree with a Santa Clause theme and Barbara Myers has provided a tree with a patriotic motif. A tree depicting Tennessee Historical Commission historical site markers across the plateau was developed by University of the South students of Dr. Margo Shea as well as The Places Project banner with related materials that will be retained as permanent exhibits.
The displays extend from the Lulu Estelle Robbins and E.L. Hampton Assembly Hall to the Donald G. and Marian V. Savage Exhibit Hall.
A festival open house reception will be held on December 8, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The display of twelve decorated Christmas Trees will remain through the month of December. The Heritage Center, located in Tracy City, is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.