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Festival of Trees inspires holiday spirit
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[DEC. 09, 2006]  LINCOLN -- Visitors wanting to be inspired with holiday spirit or novel decorating ideas will again find satisfaction at this year’s Festival of Trees. But beyond beauty, charm or a unique theme there is a new type of display; trees that fully decorated up side down. It is an odd sight that works really well for some of the decorations. There are around six trees featuring this elegant, yet odd manner of display.

The Friendship Manor is once again the host for this year’s Festival of Trees. The spacious dinning/meeting area provides ample room and a great setting for the display of nearly 35 permanent trees, swags and wreaths.

Residents at the manor are volunteering as friendly hosts that readily visit with spectators throughout the festival setting.

The display is open for the public to enjoy with the price admission a non-perishable food item that will go to the local food pantry.

The manor is even offering its food service from 4 – 8 p.m. to enjoy an evening sit-down meal in the lovely setting. Dinner tonight is turkey and dressing and tomorrow’s concluding meal will be gourmet soups and sandwiches, cost $6.00.

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The decorations are sponsored and wonderfully decorated by talented local individuals and businesses.

Trees, swags and wreaths are frocked in a wide scheme of themes that are must-see-to-appreciate. Some follow tradition using one period or another ornaments, some a color scheme, primary colors and school supplies make a happy children’s tree. One tree is trimmed all in white, lacy hand-crocheted angels, snowflakes, bells that were each hand-stitched by a manor resident. There are many other unique theme trees, but most commonly the decorations are simply elegant or charming.

Visitors may submit sealed bids on favorite decorations until 7 p.m. Sunday when bids will be opened and last high bids can be made in person. All proceeds will go to Lincoln and Logan County charities.

This year’s event is sponsored by Peasely Funeral Homes, St. Clara’s Manor, IOOF and Lincoln Ace Hardware.

[Jan Youngquist]

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