Festival of Trees returns to Lodge at Brady's Run Park

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The annual Beaver County Festival of Trees returns to the Lodge at Brady's Run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Last year, about 10,000 people came to the festival, which had to be moved to the Beaver Valley Mall because a bridge in Brady's Run Park in Fallston had been washed out.

Now lavishly decorated Christmas trees and wreaths are back at the festival's traditional location, and the lodge has been redecorated.

This year more than 30 artificial Christmas trees decorated by companies and community groups and organizations will be on display.

At the end of the festival, they will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

In past years, trees have sold for $200 to $2,500.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the Children and Youth Services Children's Valentine Dream Fund and the Search and Rescue Recovery unit.

Each tree has a theme.

One tree called "Owl Be Home for Christmas" is decorated with owls, said festival co-chairman Bobby Catley.

Decorations on the Rat Pack Tree include chips from The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.

ServiceLink, the festival's primary presenter, has a 71/2-foot tree with red and green decorations and four carolers.

The tree plays music and rotates, Mr. Catley said. Two smaller trees flank the big tree.

Muddy Rose Pottery in Hopewell works with special needs children and adults who painted all of the ornaments on one tree.

"It's an old-fashioned-looking tree," Mr. Catley said.

Live characters on display will include Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch, Snoopy and a walking Christmas tree.

Photos can be taken with Santa and the other holiday characters.

The festival includes an expanded train display, Polar Bear Cafe, Candy Cane Gift Shop and a bigger Santa Land -- in a heated tent attached to the lodge.

Homemade candy, freshly popped kettle corn and holiday ornaments will be available for purchase.

Daily musical presentations and raffles will be held.

In addition to being open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the festival will be open noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30; and noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Dec. 2 is senior citizens day.

The Festival of Trees concludes with the charity auction Dec. 5.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and bidding on trees and wreaths starts at 6 p.m.

Admission prices are $4 for ages 13-62; $3 for age 63 and older; $1 for ages 6-12; and free for age 5 and younger.

Friday is the last day to make reservations for Breakfast with Santa and Friends, which will be held 9-11 a.m. Dec. 1.

Cost is $7 per person, with no charge for age 3 and younger.

Call 724-683-8430 to reserve a spot.

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Linda Wilson Fuoco: lfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-722-0087.


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