The Ticonderoga Historical Society has added some new features to its annual Festival of Trees, as it celebrates the 30th anniversary of the popular holiday event. Organizations and individuals are invited to participate and compete for cash prizes at the Festival of Trees, taking place at the Hancock House from November 25 through December 29.
“Decorated trees, centerpieces, and other displays do not have to follow the suggested theme,” said THS President Bill Dolback. “However, we will be handing out some cash prizes for themed trees, as well as other displays and décor. Who couldn’t use a little extra money around the holidays?”
Because 30th anniversaries are “pearl” anniversaries, the planning committee chose “Pearls of History” as an optional theme for the Festival. 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. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the free Champagne Reception held Sunday, December 1 from 1 until 3 p.m.
Also, new 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 24 and must be removed the week of January 2nd.
Group tours for schools and other organizations, as well as a pre-arranged visit from Santa, are also 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.