Nothing says the holidays are approaching more than a beautiful Christmas tree, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences does just that with its annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.
MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) – Nothing says the holidays here more than a beautiful Christmas tree, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences is doing just that with its annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.
“The Festival of Trees is in its 36th year and represents three generations of community involvement at the museum,” said museum communications director Kyrie Hugdahl. “Part of the fundraiser is having a community tree display where members of the community, organizations, schools create a tree, come and decorate it, and it stays up until January.”
The exhibit is the museum’s largest fundraiser.
Applicants must complete the form before it goes to the review board for approval.
“We have a committee that takes about a hundred women,” Hugdal explained. “Typically we’ll ask people who have done it in the past and we’ll brainstorm, or sometimes people will reach out to us, but what they’ll do is give us the gist of what they’re going for. and then they will bring their things and decorate the tree.’
The exhibition features more than 40 unique trees designed by local and regional groups.
Each tree is themed. For example, the Macon Mayhem has a hockey-themed tree, while the St. Peter Claver Catholic School has a student Steam Tree. No two trees are the same, and there is even a tree completely decorated with handmade miniatures from the museum’s permanent displays.
“So this is Windsor Academy art teacher Beth Guest,” Hagdahl said. “Her son used to work here and she was very involved and it was just a starting point for him and this place has a very special place in her heart, so she brought her art class here (and) said, pick a part of the museum that you like it, and how to recreate it.’
In addition to the exhibit itself, the museum is also hosting tree-themed events, starting with a champagne preview, to help boost donations.
There’s also a Festival of Trees gala that officially opens the exhibit, as well as a Best of Macon raffle and a day with Santa later in the year.
The Festival of Trees officially opened on November 10 and will continue until January.