Festival of Trees

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for November 27 and 28 for a terrific family holiday event. 
(All proceeds benefit the Dove Center www.dovecenter.org).   

Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day at Garrett County Fairgrounds exhibit building

Best Value for Family Entertainment $5 per person

 Start your morning with BREAKFAST WITH SANTA on either (or both!) Friday or Saturday at the 9 a.m. or 10 a. m. seating with your Polar Express Golden Ticket ($10 per person). The $5 per person General Admission is included with a full breakfast, a gift for children, and priority in line for a professional photo with Santa in his sleigh.  Reservations are strongly recommended but not required.  For advance reservations, call Sherry 301-746-8117 or email sherbrad@verizon.net.  You can also use Pay Pal on the website: www.fotgc.org -- Deadline for reservations is November 23  -- and it is never too early to RSVP.

 Even if you skip the Breakfast, you can pay $5 per person general admission Friday to come back FREE on Saturday with your pass.  MRS CLAUS' KITCHEN is open serving modestly priced foods and beverages until 5 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by Sorrelle's/Zippeez Market .  And you can MAKE YOUR OWN SUNDAE with Lakeside Creamery's homemade ice cream.  Enjoy the FREE entertainment that includes SuGO interactive Lego robotics demos Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday features JESSICA'S DANCE CREATIONS on stage.  Enjoy the many local vendors with homemade crafted items, and others, for special items you won't find in stores.  The SUNSHINE BAND will be on stage Saturday at 4 p.m. when the vendors are leaving.

 Children love Santa and his friends and Mrs. Santa, and this year features The Polar Express!  You can take your own pictures with Santa in his sleigh beginning around noon both days.  (Breakfast With Santa has priority.)  FROSTY'S FUNLAND has free kids' activities and SANTA'S   BAKERY where they decorate their own cookies.  At ELFENHEIM MALL they can shop for only $1 per item for their friends and family gifts.   Parents are amazed at the quality items donated for the Mall.

SILENT AUCTION is Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday evening you are called if you win the bid.  Vendors donate one of their items as do our local individuals and organizations. 

 We'll RAFFLE a beautifully decorated tree for a lucky winner to be announced Saturday after 5 p.m.

It's all about the joy and beauty of the creatively designed trees, wreaths, centerpieces and gingerbread houses!  All these are donated by our talented community individuals and organizations to support the Dove Center, 

Garrett County's domestic violence and sexual assault resource center.  The deadline for designer entries is October 31st to be included in our event program given to visitors.   Entry information on www.fotgc.org

 Come see who the judges award the prize ribbons and don't miss the LIVE AUCTION.   Saturday at 6 p.m. begins the GRAND FINALE LIVE AUCTION!   Bidders will be treated to complimentary foods and there will be a cash bar -- both sponsored by Dutch's at Silver Tree at 5 p.m.  In addition to the trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, there will also be special items up for bidding that will make great gifts for any reason and any season.

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations will safely deliver your tree FREE to your local home or business using a box truck sponsored by Black Bear Tavern, when you make arrangements at the front desk as you pay. 

It is with the support of these wonderful sponsors that help make this event possible:  Crossroads Church, Sorrellee's Pizza Pub and Ice Cream Parlor, Allegany Hearing and Balance, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales, Black Bear Tavern, Mt Top Tree Farm, Lakeside Creamery, Little Mountain Promotions, Nu Way Cleaners, Computer Consulting Services, Website Design and Management Team/David Lantz and Robyn Billings, CLS Printing, Lake-Front Magazine, Dutch's at Silver Tree, Lakeside Creamery, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales, Deep Creek Marina, Spring Creek Outfitters, West Central Equipment/John Deere, Master Craft Printers, The Republican Newspaper.

All proceeds benefit Dove Center, gcdovecenter.org

 It is the VALUABLE VOLUNTEERS that help make the Festival of Trees a fantastically fun FAMILY EVENT!  If you can give two to four hours to set up on Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day or take down the Sunday after, or at the event itself on Friday or Saturday, you will much appreciated.  There are service learning hours offered.  Volunteers who work 4 hours receive complimentary food and drink.  We welcome help from both students and adults.


Sherry Bradshaw (301) 746-8117 sherbrad@verizon.net or go to www.fotgc.org

To be a cash or in-kind sponsor

To RSVP for Breakfast With Santa

or go to Pay Pal at www.fotgc.org Tickets

to volunteer hours see www.fotgc.org

To be a designer contact Kim Brady (301) 616-4419 or www.fotgc.org

All proceeds benefit Dove Center, gcdovecenter.org