Women’s City Club Festival of Trees kicks off the Christmas season

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Festival co-director, Laurie Lendon decorates her tree for this year’s auction.

This Saturday, December 7 from 10am-7pm Delaware’s Women’s City Club is hosting their annual Christmas fundraiser and it promises to be fun for the entire family! 

The WCC has hosted the Festival off and on for more than twenty years. Volunteers come together to decorate Christmas trees– different sizes, themes, and colors– to be auctioned off raising money for the programs at the WCC house. This year there are more than a dozen trees including a patriotic tree sponsored by Delaware mayor, Carolyn Kay Riggle; a tree covered in gift certificates from stores around Delaware sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens Realty Group; a children’s tree with crayons and toy soldiers; a “White Christmas” tree and a “Pinot Tree” full of wine bottles! This year’s Festival co-director, Laurie Lendon said, “each tree has a wonderful and distinct personality.”  In years past, trees have been bought for anywhere between $30 and $250! There will also be wreaths auctioned and sold.

This year’s Festival is full of fun for children and adults alike. From 10am-2pm Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting to talk with children and even take free pictures. There will be cookies and hot cocoa available after your Santa visit. Entry into the Festival and the visit with Santa is free, though donations are accepted. For the parents, there will be a wine flight tasting from 3pm-7pm. Joanne Meyer, owner of the Backstretch, will be sharing flights of 5 wines. The cost is $10 per person and it includes a souvenir holiday wine glass painted by the local company Simply Said.

Also new this year, the WCC is asking for people to bring a canned food donation for the local charity People In Need to create a PIN(e) Tree! Cans will be carefully stacked to make a new tree, and then donated to PIN of Delaware.

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A whimsical tree topper from a tree filled with more than $250 worth of gift certificates!


Bidding stops promptly at 7, so be sure to get there in time to place your winning bid on your favorite tree! Following the open house, there is a Volunteer & Patron Party for those who decorated trees and other patrons of the Women’s City Club. The party will be full of food, drink and entertainment. If you’d like to attend, tickets to the party are $20.

 I hope everyone can get out to support this great Delaware organization while having a great time with the family!

About Tara Salsman

A native of Alabama, Tara now calls Delaware "Sweet Home." She is a wife, a mother of twins, a calligrapher, and an aspiring everything. Despite an unfortunate haircut in the critical middle school years, she strives to find beauty in every day life.


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