Springfield Garden Club's Festival of Trees
Note Regarding the Cancellation of the 2020 Festival of Trees ---
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This year has presented many significant and unique challenges for all of us. With the onset of the corona virus pandemic, the Garden Club has made many program changes as we have acknowledged the uncertain and evolving situation created by the pandemic. Our primary concern throughout these past months is the safety of members and that of the community.
The annual Festival of Trees fundraiser was cancelled in September, yet the Club had planned to decorate the Great Hall as a gift to the community. Today, the FOT Committee is disappointed to report that in spite of best intentions, plans for decorating the Great Hall this year have been cancelled. This decision was made for several reasons.
First of all, Springfield Medical Care Systems, LLC has seen an uptick in virus cases and has therefore implemented stricter regulations regarding who can enter their offices through the Great Hall. A safe, compatible time could not be found for decorating and the planning became a bit complicated.
Secondly, because of these new regulations, it's likely the number of visitors to the Great Hall will be significantly reduced and therefore the "audience" will be reduced as well. The FOT Committee felt that the time and effort required for decorating wouldn't have the community impact they had hoped for.
Lastly, because the number of virus cases is currently increasing, the committee decided that now was not a good time to encourage a gathering with several members. "As we head into the holidays we don't want to risk any members becoming ill", stated Club Co-President, Cheryl Pierce.
The Board is currently working on plans to ensure the Club is 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.
Today we ask you to consider a small donation to help us rise to the challenges presented by Covid-19. No matter the size of the gift, your support will make a difference as we navigate these challenging times. On behalf of all Garden Club members, we thank you in advance for your generosity. It will go a long way toward helping us fund our important civic beautification and scholarship programs. Please mail your check to: Springfield Garden Club, c/o Lynn Likus, 2163 Goulden Ridge Road, Weathersfield, VT 05156.
Sincerely, Lynn Likus, Sandy MacGillivray and Jean Swanson, Festival Chairs
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.
PHOTOS OF THE FESTIVALS:
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!