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Annual Festival of Trees Opens November 23

The Muskegon Museum of Art will host its Festival of Trees fundraising event Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 2. The Festival drew over 4,000 visitors last year. This years Festival will feature a “Toyland” theme, which is carried out in a large display of themed trees, wreaths, and other holiday décor created by local designers and sponsored by individuals and organizations in the community.
Added attractions are:
·    Teddy Bear Breakfast
·    Party in the Pines
·    Senior Day
·    Deck the Halls décor show
·    Live musical entertainment
·    Saturday visits by Santa
·    Gingerbread display
·    Gift Store holiday shopping
·    Money Tree, gingerbread, and special tree raffles

The Alcoa Foundation is the major sponsor for Festival of Trees and has been since we started the Festival in 2005. MMA Executive Director Judith Hayner: “Their support is vital to this project and has allowed us to create a wonderful community event for the four thousand visitors we see each year. We appreciate not only their financial support but also the direct involvement by one of their leaders, Amy Heisser of Alcoa Foundation and Howmet, who works directly with us on the Festival every year.” The Festival is co-sponsored by Frontier Communications.

Festival hours: Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sundays 12:00-5:00 pm.
Festival admission: $7 per adult, $3 per child ages 3 to 17 (under age 3, free), $5 for MMA members. All-Festival Pass: $14 per person. Pay at the door in the MMA Gift Store. Entry to museum exhibition galleries is included with Festival admission.

Call 231.720.2571 for group reservations or more information. The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave. in downtown Muskegon, Michigan 49440. Visit the museum website at www.muskegonartmuseum.org

FESTIVAL OF TREES SPECIAL EVENTS

TEDDY BEAR REAKFAST
Saturday, November 24
8:30-10:00 am
Mark your calendars and grab your teddy bears as we gear up for another teddy bear breakfast—especially fun for kids 3-8 years old. Enjoy breakfast and fun activities throughout the morning. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for children ages 3-17. Ticket price includes Festival of Trees admission. Advance ticket purchases for this sell-out event are highly recommended. Call (231) 720-2580 to order tickets. Sponsored by Paul and Marge Potter.

SANTA ON SATURDAYS
Saturdays, November 24 and December 2, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come visit Santa at the Museum. Bring your cameras! (Santa takes a break reindeer 12:30-1:00 pm)

SENIOR DAY
Tuesday, November 27
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy special entertainment and free coffee and cookies during a Festival of Trees day planned especially for senior citizens. Call 231.720.2571 to book group reservations for six or more. Sponsored by Hines Corporation.

PARTY IN THE PINES
With Vincent Hayes Project
Friday, November 30, 6:00 pm
Kick off the holiday season right! Featuring live music by the Vincent Hayes Project, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar. Tickets include Festival admission. Call (231) 720-2580 to order advance tickets: $20 per person. $25 at the door. Sponsored by Sherry Albertie Becker and Bob Garretson, Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.

DECK THE HALLS
Holiday Design for Your Home
Sunday, December 2
2:00-4:00 pm
Join us as nationally known floral designer and TV personality J. Schwanke of ubloom.com demonstrates easy ways to add personalized and unique custom touches to your holiday home décor. Coffee and dessert bar will add to the festive afternoon. Advance Tickets: $15; at the door: $20. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets include Festival of Trees admission. Call (231) 720-2580 to order tickets.

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