Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...Festival of Trees 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018
If I were to ask you what symbol comes to mind when you think of Christmas.....I think most of you would answer a Christmas tree.  Some of  you might respond differently....perhaps answering with the obvious and religious response of 'baby Jesus in the manger' or similar thoughts (the true reason for the season), but second to that ....I think most of us quickly envision Christmas trees.  Today John and I discovered for the first time the perfect and most abundant display of Christmas trees at the Festival of Trees in Schenectady, New York.  This marks the 12th annual Festival of Trees, a fundraising event for and partnership between the Schenectady Historical Society and the YWCA of Northeastern NY.  Community organizations sponsor a tree and decorate it based on a chosen theme.  That theme may be elegant or it might be humorous and quirky.  Trees are displayed in both the Historical Society and in the YWCA on Washington Avenue.   According to the brochure (I was too mesmerized to count) there are 39 trees in the Historical Society and 20 in the YWCA.  I can't show you each and every tree but I can give you a glimpse of the beautiful display.








I didn't vote on a favorite tree because they were all so special, but this one (below) was definitely a favorite of mine...the Photogra-tree!  It was adorned with film for garland, old cameras, photos and even an old film reel in place of a star.  So original!

This next tree also caught my attention...Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  Sadly saw a familiar face here........







Peck the Halls....Find the chickens!!! 

The Festival of Trees continues through December 16th and is open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm.  Admission is $6.00 for adults, children under 12 are free. Make it a point to get to Schenectady to support this worthwhile and wonderful event.  The Schenectady Historical Society is located at 32 Washington Avenue (in the Stockade district) and the YWCA is just down the street at 44 Washington Avenue.  For more information, you can call the Historical Society at 518-374-0263.   

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