Originally published in the December 2016 issue of Berks County Living
What better way is there to get into the holiday spirit than to surround yourself with family and friends in the light of a Christmas tree? How about the glow of more than fifty!
Carols, Cookies, and a little Competition
Friday, December 2 marks the 10th anniversary of Boyertown’s annual Festival of Trees. Gather your family and friends and join the community for a little holiday spirit for a good cause. Walk through rows of beautifully decorated trees while listening to the sounds of the season and enjoying warm cider and fresh baked cookies.
No matter your taste, you will find the tree for you. Decorations range from classic to themed, white lights to multi-colored. See a tree you really like? Enter to win it! The festival’s main event is the tree raffle at the end of the night. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door and the winners will be able to take home the tree of their choice to enjoy or donate it to a local family in need.
Trimming Trees for a Cause
The Festival of Trees is not only a family-friendly holiday tradition; it is also an opportunity to give back. The event is held by Boyertown Area Multi-Service which provides the trees, and each tree is decorated by a sponsor from the community. Local businesses, organizations, churches, families and individuals dedicate time and money to create the array for everyone to enjoy at the festival. All proceeds from the raffle help to fund the Multi-Service’s various outreach and support programs.
The festival started in 2006 on the suggestion of the organization’s board president as a way to raise funds the first year they were in their new building, and it has only grown from there. Last year more than 2,000 people came out to see 51 trees. This year the Multi-Service opened up new event sponsorship opportunities and is hoping for the more successful year yet.
On the Nice List
Boyertown Area Multi-Service has been working to help meet the personal and community needs of people in Southeast Berks and Northern Montgomery Counties for more than 40 years. The organization was founded in 1973 by community leaders and volunteers to provide help for those in need across a 211 square mile service area. They provide services such as case management to individuals and families, Community Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels assistance, energy assistance, and even provide office space for a number of other partner agencies who are working alongside them to help make the community a better place. Their Center at Spring Street is a vibrant center where residents over 55 can socialize and participate in recreational activities and explore new hobbies. The center also prepares a hot, nutritious lunch on site every weekday.
The 10th annual Festival of Trees will be held at The Center at Spring Street, 200 West Spring Street, Boyertown. Doors open at 3pm and winners will be announced at 9pm. If you would like to get involved please contact 610.367.6957.
Did You Know?
All Aboard! The festival is a stop along Boyertown’s Holiday House Tour. Jump on the trolley to tour the town’s most festive homes and businesses.
Fa La La La Favorites The Center’s very own Spring Street Songsters, along with other local talent, will be performing your favorite carols at the event.
Tree Toppers Festival trees range from wacky to elegant. In previous years there has been a Keurig Coffee Tree, a PA Lottery tree, and even a Lego tree!