Huntingtown High School came alive with spectacularly decorated Christmas trees at the 24th Annual Festival of Trees for Calvert Hospice. Walking down the hallway, lined with trees, one had to stop and admire all the work that went into the decorations and decorating. This year the theme was “Joyful Holidays” and it was a great beginning to the season.
Trees ranged from 7 ½ foot tall to 4 ½ foot tall. The decorators were families, businesses, churches, clubs, employees and just groups of friends. Each tree had a given theme name, picked by the decorators, such as “Fun in the Snow”, “Seaside Greetings”, “To Serve and Protect”, “Lady in Red”, and “Ho, Ho, Ho” and so many more. After the Festival, each tree was going to a destination such as a private home, business, government, doctor’s offices, and even the hospital pediatric ward. Of course there was the Poinsettia Tree and the Memorial Tree, the Volunteer Tree and the Children’s Tree, for those who participated this past year in BRIDGES and Camp Phoenix.
As you wandered down the corridor, you heard festive music from various rooms, making it a pleasurable trip. In the cafeteria, Santa was holding court with children having breakfast or lunch, depending on the time, and getting his picture taken with them. In the lobby, Bobby Snider was playing carols on the vibes while in the auditorium Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet was performing. In the gym, students of Leah Maloney were showcasing their talents on the piano; and in the tree area, other talented piano players were playing traditional music.
For those who love model trains, there were several displays, little ones and bigger ones. For the shoppers, there were no less than three rooms full of jewelry, crafts, artwork, sculptures, clothing, leather, floral arrangements, ceramics, handbags, rugs, cosmetics, candy, ornaments and woodworks. There was also a beautiful handmade quilt by the Calvert Quilt Shop Queen Bees that was being raffled.
You could grab a bite to eat and keep going or take a break and sit at the tables provided to try the Cream of Crab Soup or sandwiches and other goodies for sale. After grabbing a snack, it was time to go see Jim Godbold Rockin Elvis perform in the gym. After a slightly rocky start with equipment malfunction, the show went well and “Elvis” even had the kids up dancing.
There was so much to do and see on Saturday and Sunday and the event offered venues for everyone. If you didn’t make it this year, check out our slide show and see what you missed.
Margit Miller/ Staff Writer / Editor