The Festival of Trees returns to the Museum of Arts and Sciences


Nothing says the holidays are here more than a pretty Christmas tree, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences answers that with its annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.

MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) — Nothing says the holidays here are more than a pretty Christmas tree, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences is responding to that with its annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.

“The Festival of Trees is in its 36th year and represents three generations of community involvement in the museum,” said museum communications director Kyrie Hugdahl. “Part of fundraising is having a community tree exhibit, and that’s where community members, organizations, schools design a tree and they come and decorate it, and it lasts until January.”

The exhibit is the museum’s largest fundraiser.

Applicants must complete a form before it goes to a review board for approval.

“We have a welcoming committee of about 100 women,” Hugdahl explained. “We’ll usually ask people who have done it in the past, and kind of brainstorm, or sometimes people will contact us, but what they’ll do is kind of give us the essential of what they are going to do. for , then they will bring their things and decorate a tree.

The exhibit houses over 40 unique trees, all designed by local and regional groups.

Each tree is thematic. For example, the Macon Mayhem has a hockey-themed tree, and St. Peter Claver Catholic School’s Steam Lab has a student steam tree. No two trees are the same, and there’s even a tree decorated entirely with handmade miniatures from the museum’s permanent exhibits.

“So that’s Windsor Academy art teacher Beth Guest,” Hugdahl said. “Her son used to work here, and she was very involved, and it was just kind of like a starting point for him, and this place holds a very special place in his heart, so what she did was that she brought her art class here (and) said pick a part of the museum you like and recreate it somehow.”

Besides the exhibit itself, the museum is also hosting tree-themed events, starting with a champagne preview to help boost donations.

There’s also the Festival of Trees Gala, which officially opens the exhibition, as well as the Best of Macon raffle and a day with Santa later in the year.

The Festival of Trees officially opened on November 10 and will remain on site until January.

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