The fifth annual Festival of Trees is now open at the Heritage Center at 465 Railroad Ave, Tracy City. A festival open house reception will be held on Friday, December 19, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The display of ten decorated Christmas trees will remain through the month of December. In addition to the trees, there are displays of a Victorian Dickens Village and a Beersheba Springs Village made of birdhouses by Bud Whitman. The Heritage Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free.
Several organizations have worked with the staff at the Heritage Center in developing the displays. Mountain Heritage Preservation Society, Myers Hill Methodist Church, and Discover Together have provided trees that reflect their respective missions. Janelle Taylor of Pelham has decorated a tree representing a snowman. Neil Price of Foggy Mountain Liquors has provided a tree decorated with antique ornaments. Barbara Myers of the Heritage Center decorated the anchor tree for the display.
The displays extend from the Lulu Estelle Robbins and E.L. Hampton Assembly Hall to the Donald G. and Marian V. Savage Exhibit Hall. The Exhibit Hall includes a Victorian Dickens Village replete with Scrooge and Marley’s Counting House, Tiny Tim Cratchit’s Cottage as well as miniature horse driven carriages and other miniature Victorian street amenities. A display of birdhouses depicting historical buildings in Beersheba Springs, designed and constructed by Bud Whitman, is arranged as a Beersheba Springs Village
Barbara Myers, Heritage Center library staffer, has organized the Festival of Trees. She may be reached at the Heritage Center (931) 592-6008) by additional organizations that would like to participate in the project.
The Lulu Estelle Robbins and E.L. Hampton Assembly Hall is available for use by area organizations for meetings and other approved purposes. Contact the Heritage Center for scheduling and other information.