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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fantasy of Trees 2012

Hello all and Happy Holidays. Each year for the past ten years I have been involved with the Fantasy of Trees event in Knoxville, Tn. The event is a fundraiser for the Children s Hospital. Groups or individuals donate their time and decorations to create a tree that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The money helps keep the Children's Hospital operating and that is a very important thing.

Tree topper
The event is quite the time. There are hundreds of trees, all of which are spectacular. The trees are set up in paths with velvet ropes and plenty of mood music and lights to create a festive feeling time. People go just to stroll around the trees and take in a big dose of Christmas spirit. Outside that there are all kinds of other items, booths for toys, face painting, a gingerbread house competitions, a carousel, and Santa pays a visit to let the kids tell him what they want. It starts the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and goes through the following Sunday. If you live in the area or are planning on being around then, take the time to stop by, it is a great time. It is held in the convention center at the worlds fair park. For more details, follow this link

For the past ten years the Embroiderers Guild of America Knoxville chapter has donated a tree. Their trees are some of the most special because each ornament, the topper, and the skirt are all hand stitched by some of the best stitchers in Tennessee. These trees are often valued at over $10,000, though the initial price tag is never quite that high.

Three years ago I was the head of the tree for the EGA and it was a lot of work, but worth it. This year I decided to get my Sigma Alpha Iota Alumnae  chapter involved. They have been wanting to do more with the community, and this is a great start. So, we volunteered a tree. Considering that SAI is a music fraternity, the theme was easy....music. For the past year we have been gathering music related ornaments and putting a lot of thought into the construction of our first tree. Yesterday, Saturday 11/17/12, we got to put it together finally and see the fruits of our labor. I think it turned out pretty good. Take a look at the pictures and see for yourself.









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