Festival of Trees is a Holiday Tradition
Photos/text by SANDI FAHY
(from left) Festival of Trees volunteers Lin Magee and Patricia Smith are pictured with event chair Joan Coachman Bates at the Harborview Center on November 29. Bates' husband Dowell was co-chair. Over 100 uniquely-decorated trees were the highlight of the event, which also featured live entertainment, fun activities for children, holiday gifts and a gingerbread village. Proceeds from the 24th annual Festival of Trees Tampa Bay benefit the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens (UPARC), a not-for-profit organization with a commitment to provide services of the highest quality to those with developmental disabilities. Theme of this year's festival was "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
Teresa Kmet, her daughter Sarah Kmet and granddaughter Grace, 4, at left, join Rosalie Murray and her granddaughter, Kayleigh, 7, for a photo at the entrance to the Children's Area at the Festival of Trees on November 29. Wood puzzles and games entertained the youngsters, who also had the opportunity to make holiday cards and other crafts to take home.
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