Submitted by Marita Johnson - Springfield Garden Club
The Community Holiday spirit was truly enjoyed by those attending the very successful 17th Annual Festival of Trees. The Springfield Garden Club was encouraged by the enthusiasm and the participation of the wider Springfield area that supported their change of venue to the Fullerton Inn in Chester.
The Club extends their thanks to Innkeepers Nancy and Bret Rugg, who were so helpful and gracious as they helped facilitate the decorating efforts of the Garden Cub members as they enjoyed using their creativity in turning the Inn into a well decked-out "Olde Fashioned Christmas."
There were two trees that were decorated by community groups.: The Springfield Adult Care Center and TARPS. TARPS decorated theirs with animal theme decorations and hung decorations made with pictures and information about kittens and dogs available for adoption.
The Springfield Garden Club would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for providing items for their Raffle and Silent Auction: Vermont Framery, Gallery at the VAULT, Young's Furniture, Dawn Greenwood Massage, Ron & Sandy Brown, Drew's Salad Dressings and Salsa, Joe Cerniglia Beverages, Black River Produce, Willis Wood's Cider Mill, Springfield Co-op, Woodbury Florist, Apron Strings, Mary Lou Svendsen, Sue McCausland, Gallery 103, Chester Hardware, SNAP, NBC Solid Surfaces, Sunshine Acres, Heritage Deli, Canvas Works, Shaws, Radio Shack, Erskine's, Vermont T's, Harpoon Brewery, Leather Shop, Tina's Hallmark, Verizon, 56 Main St., Salon Boutique, Pear Tree, MacLaomain's, Penelope's, Claire Murray, Jack's Diner, Springfield Hospital, Blackwatch Farm, Juniper Hills Inn, HB Plumbing, the Inn at Weathersfield, Edgar May Rec Center, Von Bargens, Lisai's Market, Crown Point Country Club, Carpet King and Okemo Mt. Resort.
Also thanks go out to the Corporate Sponsors: Lane Eye Associates, Kelley Sales and Service, Dr. Christopher Fauver, Don and Arlene Gurney, David and Courtney Lihatsh, Philip J. Larkin, DDS, Lisai's Market, Eugene and Carol Guy, Springfield Realty, A.C. Cook Electric, Springfield Animal Hospital, IPG, Red House Press, Peter K. Svendsen, Bibens Home Center, and Jancewicz and Son.
They'd also like to thank the following for providing fresh Christmas trees for the event: Sunshine Acres, Goulden Ridge Farm and The Vermont Country Store.
The Club also expresses thanks to the local newspapers and SAPA TV for help in publicizing their event.