Festival of Trees previews local attractions
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.
"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.
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.