Methuen Festival of Trees Continues Its Mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

METHUEN FESTIVAL OF TREES CONTINUES ITS MISSION SHARING THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS AND RENEWING THE SPIRIT OF HISTORY

 

METHUEN, MA (September 24, 2014) – The Festival of Trees will welcome more than 27,000 visitors during its two-week wondrous display of holiday magic.  In its 21st year, the Festival of Trees has grown to become one of the most visited holiday events in New England, as well as the largest contributor to historic preservation in the Merrimack Valley and beyond.

The Festival of Trees’ mission to become a catalyst for historic preservation has proved to be very successful through the years.  This year the Festival has donated more than $100,000 to fund matching preservation grants for 10 restoration projects in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  To date, the Festival of Trees has donated $1.5 M to this important cause making a true difference in the many communities that are increasing efforts to preserve the history in their cities and towns.

“The Festival of Trees started as a local event to raise money for restoration efforts here in Methuen”, said Sharon Pollard, President of the Festival of Trees.  “Now twenty-one years later, it has grown to become the largest event of its kind solely dedicated to historic preservation.”

The Festival of Trees is the largest festival in New England and is the model and inspiration for many other festivals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Visitors from over 380 communities come to view more than 240 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths each year, as well as participate in the many events featured during the Festival.  The 2014 special events include: the TASTE of the Festival, Paint Nite, Ladies’ Night Out, Sports Night, and many children’s events throughout the two weeks.

The Festival of Trees will officially open on Saturday, November 22, 2014 and run through Saturday, December 6, 2014.

 

FESTIVAL HOURS

Weekdays: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26th: Special Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 28th: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 6th: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

SENIOR AND RED HAT MEMBER DAYS

November 23rd: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

November 24th: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

All Seniors and Red Hat members are FREE all day.

 

CHARLES’/FOT $5,000 CASH RAFFLE

Center court will spotlight a spectacular tree, “Amethyst and Stars” created by Charles, owner of Charles Beauty Wellness in Methuen.  In addition to this special tree raffle, there will be a jackpot raffle for $5,000.00 in CASH.  Visitors can try their luck by purchasing tickets for $5.00 (1chance), $10.00 (6 chances) and $20.00 (26 chances).  This raffle is the largest ever offered by Charles and the Festival of Trees!

  

SPECIAL EVENTS

TASTE of the Festival

November 21, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased by calling 978-685-8878 or visiting www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com.

 

Paint Nite December 1st – Enjoy a night out mixing artistic creativity and cocktails with step-by-step guidance from a local artist.  Visit www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com for details.

 

Ladies’ Night Out December 2nd   5:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Join the ladies for a holiday shopping experience featuring Christmas accessories, jewelry, handmade soaps, jams and jellies, scarves, delicious treats and more.

 

Sports Night – December 3rd Come meet the authors of “The Cracker Jack Collection”, the story of one of the greatest baseball collections in the world.  Also, Boston’s own Welterweight Champion of the World, Tony DeMarco, will discuss “Nardo”, his autobiography about his rise through the boxing ranks.  Autographed books will be available for purchase. Visit www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com for details.

 

CHILDREN’S EVENTS

DateEventTime
Nov. 22Pictures with Santa Claus10:00am to 2:00pm
Magic Show3:00pm
Nov. 24Polar Express Reading and Santa Claus6:00pm
Nov. 27Pictures with Santa Claus10:00am to 2:00pm
Mike the Bubble Man3:00pm
Nov.28Pictures with Santa Claus10:00am to 2:00pm
Puppet Show 3pm3:00pm
Nov. 29Pictures with Santa Claus10:00am to 2:00pm
Mad Science3:00pm
Dec. 5Pictures with Santa Claus10:00am to 2:00pm
Wally2:30-4:15 (15 min break at 3:15)

TREE RAFFLE

Visitors have a chance to win one or several of the beautifully decorated Christmas trees to enjoy in their own home by purchasing raffle tickets and depositing them in their choice of tree ticket containers. Tickets are $5.00 for 25 chances. Tree Raffle will take place on Saturday, December 6th, after the Festival has closed for the evening.

 

GIFT SHOP & CAFÉ

Unique ornaments, holiday decorations and one-of-a-kind collectibles can be found at the festival gift shop located at the entrance. Visitors can enjoy snacks, soups, sandwiches, desserts and drinks at the café during festival hours.

 

AUCTION

The Festival of Trees online auction will open on October 1st and will feature fun and unique items, including “tickets to the sold out Usher concert”, restaurants and autographed sports memorabilia. Simply visit www.biddingforgood.com/methuenfestivaloftrees.com to register and bid in this year’s auction.

 

The Festival is located at Valley Office Park at 13 Branch Street in Methuen (Exit 46 off Rt. 93 to Rt. 113).  For more information, please call (978) 685-8878 or visit www.methuenfestivaloftrees.com.

 

About the Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees was started as a fundraiser to benefit the last stages of restoration on the historic Tenney Gatehouse in Methuen, MA in 1994.  It is a magical event held annually by The Festival of Trees, Inc. to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. The proceeds from the Festival of Trees provide funding to preserve the heritage and the monuments that make Methuen and the communities of the Merrimack Valley unique. The Festival of Trees has been a catalyst for historical preservation and has contributed over $1.5 million dollars to fund over 140 preservation projects throughout the Merrimack Valley and beyond.