Springfield Garden Club's Festival of Trees
A Note Regarding 2020 Festival of Trees --
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We hope you are doing well. Despite the tremendous impact of Covid-19 we are finding much to be thankful for as we continue our mission. The month of May found members gathered in small groups planting downtown gardens and planters; lifting spirits as they beautified the town. In the month of June the Club awarded scholarships to high school grads and July found masked members busy watering and weeding the plantings.
August however, found us facing the difficult decision as to whether or not to cancel our Festival of Trees annual fundraising event. It is with sadness in our hearts, we have had to cancel the Friday night cocktail party due to the Covid-19 virus. We will miss seeing your smiling faces, the wonderful music, great hors d’ oeuvres, silent auction and creative items.
Nevertheless, Club members have decided to decorate as a holiday contribution to our Springfield friends and neighbors. The Great Hall at 100 River Street will be full of cheery trees, beginning on Wednesday, November 20th. Decorations will remain up through the first week of January. The theme this year is “Holly Jolly Christmas”.
If your business is interested in trimming a tree, please view/download the form by clicking HERE.
Our Board is currently working on plans to ensure we are financially prepared for a successful 2021. As you know, the Springfield Garden Club is devoted to community service. Over the past 27 years of producing the Festival extravaganza, the club has given back more than $200,000. to Springfield and surrounding communities through scholarships, programs and activities. We know that these have been difficult times for everyone and we are acutely aware that much of the fundraising is beyond our control. We thank you for your generous support in the past and we do hope you will get a chance to pop in and enjoy the trees. Be sure to visit the Nature Tree outside the River Street entrance.
Sincerely, Festival Chairs Lynn Likus, Sandy MacGillivray and Jean Swanson
For twenty-seven years Springfield Garden Club has been hosting an Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser as a traditional kick-off to the holiday season. Always on the Friday before Thanksgiving, it’s held from 6-8 pm at the Great Hall, 100 River Street in Springfield, VT. Members choose to have the event early so their time is freed up to work on their own family holiday preparations. Click here to view/download (PDF) a recent history of the FOT.
The SGC applauds its Festival of Trees donors.
To see PHOTOS OF THE FESTIVALS, click on one of the following:
Here is a link to a wonderful Vermont Journal/Shopper article about our 2019 Festival of Trees. The reporter attended our event and interviewed several members. Thanks to all of you who contributed such nice comments and good information about SGC. I'm sure that raising our public profile like this will help to increase community participation in FOT and will attract new members. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to make this year's Festival a rousing success!