TCAC and TCFR ready to kick off another Festival of Trees fundraiser


GRAFTON—Although we are just now enjoying fall like temperatures, two local organizations are already beginning to focus on the winter holiday season.

It’s that time of year again to dust off those ornaments and lights and start thinking of a theme for a beautifully decorated tree.

The Taylor County Arts Council (TCAC) and Taylor County Family Resources (TCFR) have teamed up once again for their annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. 

The organizations are looking for clubs, organizations and individuals that would like to take part in the 2021 Festival of Trees.

Any businesses, organizations or individuals who would like to donate a decorated tree, are asked to call the TCFR at 304-265-6838  or the Arts Council at 304-265-5500 to reserve a spot.

Those wishing to take part may decorate their trees and drop them off at Gallery 62 West, with a variety of dates to choose from.

Those dates include Monday, November 8, from 3:00-6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, November 9, from noon until 3:00 p.m.; Wednesday, November 10, from 3:00-6:00 p.m.; and Thursday November 11, from noon until 3:00 p.m.

During the fundraiser, beautiful, unique trees will be decorated in all kinds of themes, ranging from Christmas and holiday themed trees, to health, sports and business-related trees.

Some of the entries included in previous festivals were a WVU Tree, a Lip Sense Tree, a Heart Health Tree, Blue Christmas, a Peppermint Tree, a Dog and Cat Tree, a Woodland Creatures Tree, a tree decorated with Berries, a Coffee Tree and a Peace on Earth Tree.

Participants also created a Recycled Tree, a Treenware Tree, a Stained Glass Tree and a Let It Snow Wreath.

When it comes to decorating, the sky is the limit, and all themes are welcomed.

Once submitted, the delightfully decorated trees will be displayed at the gallery beginning on Friday, November 12, with an opening reception of the 2021 Festival of Trees slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Not only will individuals be able to look at the masterpieces created, but they will also be able to bid on them.

“We will be holding a silent auction on the trees, and the proceeds raised will be divided between the two non-profit organizations,” explained a TCAC member.

Individuals can place their top bids in a sealed envelope, and then members from the two groups, along with a few volunteers, will place bids for them by proxy.

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

So, gather some decorations and get to work creating the perfectly themed tree, that will help usher in the holiday spirit in Grafton, while helping two of the city’s well-known and hardworking organizations.

“Come and join us for the start of the holiday season,” voiced the member. “And while you’re at it, help support these two vital community charities.”

Gallery 62 West will be open for tree viewing during their normal holiday hours of Thursday through Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and on Sundays from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Individuals may also call the gallery at the abovementioned phone number to set up an appointment for a private tour.

Be sure to like and follow the TCAC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TCAC.Inc for additional updates.

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