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Festival of Trees & Light 2023

Presented by the Everson Members’ Council.

December 2–16, 2023

Experience the magic of the season at the Everson!

The Everson is proud to present the 2023 Festival of Trees & Light, a beloved Central New York holiday tradition.

Now in its 38th year, the Festival will offer more performances and activities than ever!

A wide variety of trees, wreaths, and other seasonal items will be available for purchase, and the Museum Gift Shop will have plenty of selections for your holiday gift-giving. Plan on making the Festival of Trees & Light part of your holiday season.

Pre-lit decorated trees of all sizes
Decorated wreaths
Unique seasonal and winter-inspired décor items, representing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, winter solstice, or any seasonal celebration
Artisanal individual gift items and ornaments

 

Café

by Dremer Restaurant Group
Handhelds:
Turkey Meatball & Cranberry Chutney on Toasted Ciabatta $7
Waldorf Chicken Salad on Toasted Croissant Roll $8
Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap $6
Cold Sandwiches (sandwich, wrap or pita) (ham or turkey) $4

Kids:
Gingerbread Person Grilled Cheese $4
Holiday Tree-Shaped Pepperoni Pizza $4

Soup:
Tomato Bisque $4
Italian Wedding $4

Sweets:
Assorted Sugar Cookie Cut Outs $3
Giant Gingerbread Person Cookie $4
Drinks:

Dani’s Hot Cho with Whipped Cream and Crushed Candy Cane $3
Recess Hot Coffee $2
Assorted Canned Sodas $2
Bottled Water $2

Breakfast:
Egg & Cheese on Texas toast or Croissant. With ham, sausage, turkey $4.50
The café is located on the main level across from the Member’s Council Gallery

Festival Admission:

  • $14/day — nonmember 
  • $10/day — member
  • $5/day — kids under 12
    (under 3 — free)

ONLINE AUCTION
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SU Tree,
2 Courtside Seats Behind SU Bench,
Parking,
VIP Reception,
$200 Visa Gift Card

SU vs. Boston College
Wed., January 10, 2024

All proceeds benefit the Everson Museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

Sponsored by JMA Wireless & Cooperative Real Estate Professionals of CNY

2023 Festival of Trees & Light

Week 1

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Saturday, December 2, 2023


Winter Art Studio
Open Hours

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.


Lana Goldman Piano Studio
10:00am
Auditorium


wreath makingEvergreen Wreath-Making
10:00am-12:00pm, Education Center

$20 Members | $25 Non-Members 

Register for Evergreen Wreath-Making

Gather the whole family and join us for a heartwarming day of creativity and holiday spirit. This hands-on art activity is perfect for kids and their parents, allowing everyone to explore their artistic talents while crafting beautiful wreaths using fragrant evergreen branches. Sponsored by Carol Watson Greenhouse.

carol watson greenhouse


La Joven Guardia del Teatro y la Danza Latina, Inc
12:00pm, Hosmer Auditorium


CMC Dance Company
1:30pm & 2:30pm, Hosmer Auditorium


clay snowmenClay Snowmen
1:00-5:00pm

Embrace the holiday spirit with our family-friendly clay snowman sculpting workshop! Join us for a delightful hands-on experience that's perfect for kids and parents alike. Under the guidance of our skilled instructors, you'll mold and shape your very own clay snowmen, complete with scarves, hats, and whimsical features. This creative and heartwarming activity is a fantastic way to bond with loved ones, express your artistic side, and bring a touch of winter wonderland into your home.


Carrie Manolakos
7:00pm
Auditorium

The Everson Museum of Art is proud to present  singer, actress, songwriter, voice coach—and Syracuse native—Carrie Manolakos, for a one-night-only performance on December 2, 2023 at the Everson Museum of Art.

Carrie starred as Sophie in Mamma Mia! on Broadway, and as Elphaba in the second national tour of Wicked. Film and soundtrack credits include The Greatest ShowmanIncredibles 2Dear Evan HansenCroods: A New Age, and more.

Learn more about Carrie Manolakos and Book Your Tickets!


Sunday, December 3, 2023


gift wrappingCreative Gift-Wrapping
10:00am - 12:00pm

Join us in crafting your very own, one-of-a-kind wrapping paper using basic printmaking techniques. Not only will your gifts be beautifully wrapped, but they'll carry the heartfelt touch of your family's artistic expression. This activity is a wonderful way to add a touch of warmth and originality to your holiday presents.


Sudha Raj Dance Studio
12:00pm
Auditorium


Winter Animal Water-Coloring
1:00-5:00pm

Watch as your kids' imaginations come alive on the canvas, as they create watercolor paintings of intricate, icy scenes filled with penguins sliding on icebergs or fluffy polar bears frolicking in the snow.


Tawn Marie Dance Company
2:00pm & 3:00pm
Auditorium


Gem Duo
2:00pm
Sculpture Court

 

Week 2

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023


Dr. Tom Dooley Choraliers
Sculpture Court


LaFayette Senior High Band
11:00am, Auditorium


Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.



Thursday, December 7, 2023


ESM High School Choir
11:00am, Sculpture Court


3rd Annual A Cappella Jam
5:30-8:00pm, Hosmer Auditorium

Where are all of our aca-nerds at?! This Pitch Perfect meets the Everson event will leave you feeling energized and filled with the type of joy that only ensemble music performances can create.

Sentinel
Harmony Katz
The Katz Meow
The Dr. Tom Dooley Choraliers
FantastiKatz
Five to Life
The Mandarins (from SU)
Orange Appeal (from SU)


Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.


Friday, December 8, 2023


Onondaga Central High School Choir
11:00am, Sculpture Court


Minoa Elementary 2nd Grade Chorus
12:00pm, Sculpture Court


Gem Duo
3:00pm, Sculpture Court



Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.

Saturday, December 9, 2023


The Students of Carol Rothwell
10:00-11:30am, Auditorium


The Music School of CNY Guitar Ensemble
10:30am, Sculpture Court


Indigenous Cornhusk Dolls
10:00am - 12:00pm

Delve into the rich traditions of Native American cultures as you mold and decorate your own cornhusk and learn about the significance of these timeless creations. This hands-on experience is not only a chance to nurture your artistic talents but also a unique opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the cultural heritage of Indigenous communities.


The Flute Students of Lana Stafford
12:00pm, Sculpture Court


The Music School of CNY Guitar Ensemble
10:30am, Sculpture Court
www.musicschoolofcny.com


Salt City New Horizons Orchestra
12:30pm, Auditorium

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The Bright Forever, (Megan Hook Guitar and Vocals)
1:00pm, Sculpture Court


Ornament Making
1:00pm-5:00pm

Join us for a delightful holiday activity for kids and families. Dive into the holiday spirit with us as we craft personalized ornaments using a variety of materials, guided by Everson educators who will spark your creativity. From traditional snowflakes to jolly Santas and more, these handcrafted ornaments are perfect keepsakes or heartfelt gifts!


Jhankaar Rhythms-Indian Dance Ensemble
2:00pm, Auditorium


Eric Ziegler, Guitarist
3:00pm, Sculpture Court


Quarantine Quartet
Sculpture Court


Guzmáns Dance Studio
3:30pm, Hosmer Auditorium

guzmansdancestudio.com


The Bright Forever, (Megan Hook Guitar and Vocals)
4:00pm, Sculpture Court


Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.


Sunday, December 10, 2023


The Mason Dance Project
12:30pm, Auditorium

https://www.raesdance.com/


menorah makingCeramic Menorah Making
10:00am-12:00pm

The Chanukah menorah or “chanukiah" is a nine-branch candelabra that Jews use to celebrate the festival of Chanukah. Join us for this drop-in workshop where you can create a unique menorah out of clay that will be decorated with colorful glazes and baked in a kiln! Families who don’t celebrate Chanukah are welcome to create their very own candle holders. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central New York.
jewish federation of cny


dreidelDreidel, I Made You Out of Clay!
1:00-5:00pm

In Yiddish the word is dreidel, in Hebrew it is sivivon and in English it is top, the center piece of the spinning game that is played during the festival of Chanukah! Anyone is welcome to come and make their own dreidel out of clay. After it is formed you can carve its surface and paint it with glaze. Then, we’ll fire it in a kiln, so it is ready and set to play during Chanukah! Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central New York.
jewish federation of cny


Anjani Dance Academy
2:00pm, Auditorium

seemakathak.com


Harmony Katz singers
12:00pm, Sculpture Court

www.HarmonyKatz.org


Katz Meow singers
12:50pm, Sculpture Court

www.HarmonyKatz.org


Dr. Tom Dooley Choraliers
1:20pm, Sculpture Court

https://choraliers.com/


Joe Davoli Fiddle Studio
2:00pm, Sculpture Court

www.joedavoli.com


Gem Duo
3:00pm, Sculpture Court


Syracuse Pops Chorus
3:30pm, Auditorium

http://www.syracusepopschorus.org/


Harmonic Collective
4:00pm, Sculpture Court

http://www.harmonic-collective.com/


Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.

 

 

Week 3

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023


Durgee Junior High School Orchestra
11:00am, Hosmer Auditorium


Lincoln Middle School Chorus
11:45am, Sculpture Court


The Strathmore Brass Quintet
3:30pm, Sculpture Court


Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.


Thursday, December 14, 2023


Frazer PK-8 School Band and Orchestra
11:00, Sculpture Court


Chestnut Hill Middle School Orchestras
11:30am, Auditorium


The Bright Forever, (Megan Hook Guitar and Vocals)
3:00pm, Sculpture Court


Sova Violin and Viola Studio
4:00pm, Sculpture Court


SCSD Modern Orchestra
12:15pm, Sculpture Court


Matthew Petty Jazz Quartet
5:30pm, Sculpture Court


Holiday-Themed Open Figure Drawing
5:30-8:00pm

Enjoy an evening of holiday-themed figure drawing through the study of a clothed model in our stunning Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court. Bring your own sketchbooks and pencils or stop by to see artists at work. In collaboration with Open Figure Drawings Inc.


The Bright Forever, (Megan Hook Guitar and Vocals)
7:00pm, Sculpture Court


Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.



Friday, December 15, 2023


Festival Orchestras Celebration featuring:
11:00am, Auditorium

Liverpool High School Symphonic Orchestra, Baker (Baldwinsville) High School Orchestra, Skaneateles High School Orchestra


Solvay Middle School Jazz Band
11:00am, Sculpture Court


Porter Elementary School Chorus
12:30pm, Sculpture Court


Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.


SCSD Institute of Technology Orchestra
1:00pm, Sculpture Court


Sentinel Vocal Ensemble
1:30pm, Sculpture Court


Fayetteville-Manlius HS Small Ensembles
3:30pm, Sculpture Court


Saturday, December 16, 2023


The Music School of CNY Guitar Ensemble
10:30am, Sculpture Court


Brig Juice Holiday Brass
11:00am, Auditorium

brigjuice.com


The Power of Two (folk rock duo)
12:oopm, Sculpture Court


Barney Molldrem
1:00pm, Sculpture Court


kwanzaaKwanzaa Art Making
1:00-5:00pm

Gather your family for a joyous Kwanzaa themed art activity that honors the essence of this cultural holiday. Participate in an interactive storytelling session with Griot Vanessa Johnson, and take part in a traditional Kwanzaa candle lighting ceremony.


The Bright Forever, (Megan Hook Guitar and Vocals)
2:00pm, Sculpture Court


Wellwood Chamber Group
3:00pm, Sculpture Court


Winter Art Studio
11:00am-5:00pm

The Winter Art Studio invites families to engage in self-led, holiday-themed art activities, creating treasured festive memories together. Whether your artistic passions lie in painting, drawing, sculpting, or crafting, there's an activity that suits every member of your family.


Felt Snow Monster
10:00am-12:00pm

Create your own felt monster using needles, threads, and stuffing. This station requires some dexterity and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

How the Festival of Trees & Light Began

On December 4, 1985, the Festival of Trees debuted at the Everson.

Click here to read the history of the Festival of Trees & Light

Thank you, sponsors!

Thank you, contributors!

Jennifer Klestinez, Ethan Allen, Patti Pultorak, Jamie Owens, Haylor, Freyer and Coon, Roberta Ripberger, Agatha Wallen, Wegmans DeWitt, Joe Dixie, Patricia Humpleby, Minoa Elementary, Matthew Fowler, YMCA of Central New York, Judith Brown-Roenbeck, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, CNY Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Linda Eastman, Isabelle and Raphael Vaverchak, Girl Scouts Troop 60611, Cooperating Real Estate Professionals, Donna Lynn Jordan, Golden Fleece Spinners’ Society, Prevention Network CNY, DeRuyter Central School, Caitlin Devendorf, The Herrick Family, Keplinger Freeman Associates, Lake Effect Stitches, Jaime Taylor, Manlius Pebble Hill School, Aneta Zafonte, Stickley, Heather Schroeder Larsson and Petter Larsson, CNY Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Alliance, Girl Scouts, Your Comfortable Home, Donna Oppedisano, Vicinos Brick & Brew, Duke Epolito, Ken Pitcher, Girl Scout Troop 60067, The Martin Family, North Syracuse Community Builders Club, Mary Gotham, Lynne Romeiser Logan, Janet Burman, Doug Burman, Karen Young, Jennifer Snyder & MarySue Brost, Bond, Schoeneck & King, Perri Hogan, The Varrenti Family, Sarah Anson-Ordon, The Grimes Family, Mary Vertigan, National ART Honor Society at Henninger High School, ARISE, Onondaga Art Explorers, Empire DM Inc., Cheryl Matt, Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs, Members’ Council, Patti L Chappell, Barry and Pattie Miller, Morgan Gaffney, Tobey Fischer, Rosemary Krupka, Karen Jean Smith, Maria Wiklund FiberWorks, Carol Watson, Terry Grabowski, Diana Godfrey, Linda Blanding, Jewish Federation of Central NY, Jewish Federation Next Gen Group, Sam Pomeranz, Jewish Community Center, Syracuse Hebrew Day School, Meg Aufmuth, Syracuse Sounds of Music Assn, Mary Pat Spiegel, CNY Art Guild, Barbara Conte-Gaugel, Noel Keith, Steffi Chappell, Amy Wilson, Mixed Methods, Barbara Barnell, Karen Bishop, Michelle DaRin, MacKenzie-Childs, Brenda Schaar

Thank you to the 2023 Members’ Council for their work organizing this year’s festival.

The Everson Museum of Art Members’ Council was organized by eight women in 1961, and in the 63 years since, men and women have contributed significantly to the goals and mission of the Everson Museum of Art.

The purpose of Members’ Council has not changed throughout its long history: provide volunteer and financial support to Museum activities and projects.

Although there have been many and varied projects and activities reflecting changing times, there is none more beloved than the Festival of Trees and Light—a CNY holiday tradition since 1985!