Festival of Trees previews local attractions

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Jay Reed, left, Cassville Main Street Association board member, helps Carolyn Bishop, Main Street president, decorate a miniature Christmas tree. On Saturday, Main Street will sell three 7-foot Christmas trees through a silent auction at the Festival of Trees preview, and the association will display 20 miniature trees where the public can vote on their favorite tree with pennies. On Monday, the Barry County Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation Neighborhood Center starts dispersing the miniature trees to families throughout the community. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Cassville Main Street proposes larger 2015 event

The Cassville Main Street Association has invited the public to a sneak preview of the organization's Festival of Trees from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the former Towneley building, 805 Main St.

The 2014 event is a kickoff for the larger 2015 Festival of Trees, said Carolyn Bishop, Main Street president. She came up with the idea after finding Festival of Tree events online.

Alli Johnson, of Angel & Company CPAs P.C., decorates a miniature Christmas tree for Cassville Main Street Association. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

"I was looking for ideas for Christmas events," Bishop said. "It just seemed like an event that would be pleasant and beneficial to the community and just a way to promote the holiday and allow a chance to do fun events for the community."

Main Street plans to sell three 7-foot Christmas trees -- sponsored and decorated by the association and the Silver Leaf Benefit Club -- during a silent auction, which ends at 5 p.m. Saturday. Main Street will also display 20 miniature trees that it decorated for families with Barry County Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation.

"The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite miniature tree with pennies," according to a Main Street release.

Steve Burcham, left, and Jay Reed, Cassville Main Street Association board members, decorate 7-foot Christmas trees. Main Street has planned a Festival of Trees preview before the Cassville Christmas parade on Saturday at the former Towneley building, located at 805 Main St. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

All the proceeds go toward improving the overall appearance of downtown, Bishop said. On Saturday, white boards provided though the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri Initiative will show future downtown projects, and Main Street board members will answer questions.

On Monday, the OACAC Neighborhood Center starts dispersing the miniature trees to families throughout the community, said Gail Reed, center supervisor.

The Festival of Trees is going to be a really important part of the holidays for those families, Reed said.

In 2015, Main Street wants to host the festival at the historic Bayless-Salyer House, located on the corner of Townsend and West Ninth streets in Cassville.

The festival -- which could run between two to three days -- will have activities, such as crafts for children, Mrs. Santa Claus telling stories and photo opportunities. Main Street hopes to sell at least a dozen 7-foot trees next year and to donate 50 miniature trees to OACAC families.

On Saturday, Main Street will provide hot chocolate, cider, special decorated cookies and flyers outlining how community members can participate in the 2015 Festival of Trees.

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