Community of volunteers is the secret behind the Everson’s 34th Year of Magic
Posted on: 2019-12-12 15:20:18
Every December, the Everson Museum of Art celebrates the spirit of the holidays with the Festival of Trees, a 10-day exhibition featuring over 100 uniquely decorated trees, wreathes, and special displays, as well as music and dance performances. This event, one of the Museum’s largest fundraisers of the year, is organized and executed by the Everson’s Members’ Council, a group of dedicated museum volunteers. The Members’ Council spends eight months planning the Festival, and this year more than 250 volunteers worked together to plan, organize, and run the event.
The team of volunteers, some of whom have been involved since the very first Festival of Trees in 1985, handles nearly every aspect of the festival, from broad concepts down to the painstaking details. Soliciting decorative displays and installing them throughout the Museum is just a small part of the undertaking. The team also assembles gift baskets, an entire program of live entertainment, and numerous special events, like Breakfasts with Santa and a Preview Gala. Starting in late spring, volunteers begin shopping for gifts and decorations; by summer individual project teams are well into the details of special events; and after Thanksgiving the real hard work begins with a whirlwind of preparation, lighting, and setting up the Holiday Café (also run by Members’ Council volunteers). Throughout the ten-day event, volunteers assist with logistics, ticket sales, décor sales, and, much, much more. This year, the group even decorated a 20-foot tall tree at Destiny USA.
Click HERE to watch a time-laspe of the 20-foot tree being decorated!
“The Festival of Trees is not just a tribute to art, but a tribute to the volunteers and the community that supports the event,” says Elizabeth Dunbar, Everson Museum CEO. “It is truly remarkable to see just how much can be accomplished by those who dedicate their time to this special holiday tradition. We at the Everson are so grateful for their efforts and heart.”
General admission to the Festival of Trees is $5 for museum members, $8 for non-members. The Festival is open during regular Museum hours, Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays noon to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. t 5 p.m. The final day of the Festival is Dec. 15.