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To the editor:
Friday night, we took our out-of-town company to
the Festival of Trees at Friendship Manor for supper, as is our
As usual, the dining room was a picture. The trees, wreaths and
swags were beautiful, and it was fun to look at the different styles
of decoration -- from sports to nature to a sophisticated look that
would be right at home in a Chicago townhouse.
Supper that night was mostaccioli and meatballs, with homemade
cream puffs for dessert. (It's different every night.) It was
delicious, and eating among the lighted trees was special.
The Festival of Trees has had many incarnations over the years,
and they've all been great. I might like this one the best, though.
It provides a festive place for families to eat during the holidays
at $7 a meal, and it gives the residents of Friendship Manor the fun
of having company coming in all week. Some of the trees and other
decorations are sold by silent auction, with proceeds going to local
charities. Other trees are donated to needy local families.
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Sadly, the number of sponsors is down this year. Perhaps that's
to be expected with the economy in its present condition. But if you
can afford it, and you are looking for a charity to support this
Christmas, I'll bet the Manor would still accept your cash donation.
Just call Jerry Berglin at 732-9647.
The Festival of Trees continues from 4 to 7 p.m. daily through
Dec. 4. Bring along a nonperishable food item for the local food
pantry when you come, will you?
December 01, 2010]
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