Christmas Spirit has arrived at Gallery 62 West in Grafton

Photo courtesy of Taylor County Arts Council

TAYLOR COUNTY—The familiar sights and sounds of the holiday season have begun popping up around the area, and one holiday tradition that residents can find locally are delightfully decorated Christmas Trees.

“With that familiar nip of Old Man Winter in the air and the daylight hours getting shorter, our Festival of Trees is the perfect time to warm your heart with the magic of the season,” said Taylor County Arts Council member Vicki Aucremanne. “It’s the most beautiful fundraiser of the year, and we would love for you to be a part of it!”

For nine years now, two community organizations have been coming together to not only help bring the cheer of the Christmas season to downtown Grafton but to raise much needed funds for both organizations.

The Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) has once again teamed up with Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR) to showcase crafty conifers, decorated in all kinds of themes, during their annual winter fundraiser.

This year, residents and guests will have the opportunity to take numerous beautifully decorated trees, created by local groups, organizations and citizens at Gallery 62 West, in Grafton, as trees are now being displayed for all to see.

For the 9th Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser, beautiful, unique trees have been decorated in all kinds of themes, meaning there is something for everyone.

Not only are individuals able to view the creativity of each of the Christmas tree masterpieces right now at Gallery 62 West, but they will also be able to bid on them for a chance to bring their favorite conifer home.

“The proceeds raised will be divided between the two non-profit organizations,” explained Aucremanne. “The TCAC is dedicated to bringing art to Taylor County - through shows, exhibits, and classes. The TCFR is instrumental in helping families who are going through rough times and may need help obtaining basic needs such as food, cleaning items, clothing, baby items, pet supplies and more.”

And to make things easier for those who may not feel comfortable being in a public setting to view the trees in person, the organizations are offering online viewing and bidding for this year’s entries on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TCAC.Inc, beginning Monday.

“If you are interested in bidding, we will assign you a bidder number, and let you know what the highest bid is for the tree you are interested in is,” said Aucremanne. “You can contact us about a particular tree by way of email at [email protected] or through Facebook messaging!”

Participants do not have to be present at the auction to win.

Gallery 62 West will be open with expanded hours for tree viewing. Swing by Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Individuals may call the Taylor County Arts Council at 304-265-5500 to set up an appointment for a private tour of the Festival of Trees at Gallery 62 West.

“Oh, it is the most beautiful time of the year,” voiced Aucremanne. “We hope to see you at Gallery 62 West to share all the holiday magic with us!”

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