After careful evaluation, the Ticonderoga Historical Society has decided to go ahead with plans for its annual Festival of Trees, which will take place at the Hancock House November 23 through December 31.
“This year more than ever, we need a little Christmas,” says THS President Bill Dolback. “While we will not host the open house reception, we are confident that we can enforce COVID19 guidelines and safe social distancing measures, while giving everyone a chance to enjoy the extensive holiday displays.”
The theme for this year’s event is “Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol” and organizations and individuals are invited to participate and compete for cash awards. Decorated trees, centerpieces, and other displays do not have to follow the suggested theme and Dolback noted that some organizations have already signed up to place trees within the four-story Georgian-revival house. “There has been great interest in this year’s Festival and we expect a record number of trees and displays for public viewing.”
Trees will be judged by an anonymous panel of three individuals. Prizes will be awarded for best theme, with a $100 prize; most creative, with a $100 prize, best children’s (under 18), with a $50 prize; and best non-tree holiday display, with a $50 prize. A discretionary “President’s Award” will also be presented.
Returning this year will be a holiday train layout, courtesy of the Upstate Model Railroaders. The train layout, and educational material about the history of trains in our region, is made possible by grants from Stewart’s Shops and the Ticonderoga Cultural Arts Alliance.
Trees can be any size; however, fire regulations allow only artificial trees. Additionally, lighting must comply with UL approval codes. Decorated trees must be in place no later than November 22 and must be removed the week of January 2nd.
Group tours are available by reservation. To secure a space, or for additional questions, contact the Hancock House at 518-585-7868 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.