HINCKLEY, Maine ─ Good-Will Hinckley will hold its annual Festival of Trees Monday, Dec. 9, through Saturday, Dec. 14. The festival, now in its 21st year, features 20 Christmas trees decorated by local designers who each choose a unique theme and style for their tree. Daily viewings will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Prescott Hall on the Hinckley campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Good Will-Hinckley also will be hosting two event nights and a craft fair on Saturday.
“The festival is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” says Glenn Cummings, president and executive director at Good Will-Hinckley. “It’s a long-time tradition at Good Will-Hinckley, and we’re excited to invite local families, schools and businesses to our campus to celebrate the holidays and see the beautiful trees that our creative designers and students have decorated.”
In addition to the daily viewings, the festival will include raffle prizes, a scavenger hunt, Santa letter writing station and even Santa himself.
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, GWH will host a “Down Home” turkey dinner with two seatings at 5 and 6 p.m. Admission to the dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and free for children under 5. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance by calling 238-4280 or by sending an email to email@example.com. Immediately following the dinner, the Kennebec Valley Chordsmen and students at GWH will perform live entertainment at 7 and 7:30 p.m. The live entertainment is free and open to the public.
On Friday, Dec. 13, the Riverside Bell Ringers will perform free to the public starting at 7 p.m. And for the first time in festival history, GWH will host a Winter Craft Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. The craft fair will include 34 booths rented by local Maine artists and crafters. The dance group Clogging Commotion also will join us at 1 p.m.
The Festival of Trees is made possible through donations by SAPPI, Pine State Trading and Central Maine Motors, as well as several more local donors who contributed raffle prizes and sponsored trees. While the daily tree viewings are free to the public, donations will be accepted at the door. The proceeds from the Festival of Trees help cover the costs of programming on the Good Will-Hinckley campus.
“Community is a central part of what we teach at Good-Will Hinckley,” said Cummings, in a press release. “The support from local businesses and community members has been a tremendous help in reinforcing those lessons. The festival is a great way for us to build a sense of community in central Maine.”