Written by Douglas Edwin
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00
The Baby Fold will be celebrating its annual Festival of Tree’s 20th anniversary this November 21st through 24th.
This year's festival will be hosted at the Interstate Center in Bloomington for the first time in the festival's history.
“We’re really excited about the new venue this year.” explained Angela Doyle, Special Events and Public Relations Coordinator for The Baby Fold. “This year everything will be on one level, which is hugely important to making the festival more accessible to everyone.”
The festival has tons of trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and ginger bread houses all available for purchase through auction.
If you prefer not to take the chance of loosing a tree to another bidder, you can purchase the tree through its’ Angel Price, which serves as a buy it now price.
Throughout the weekend, the festival will be hosting a variety of events and attractions for people of all ages.
Avanti’s Family Night has proven to be one of the festivals favorite events.
“It’s a night where we have extra activities for children, as well as a delicious dinner from Avanti’s.” explained Doyle. “It has a huge turnout every year, where they tend to serve about 1,000 people or so.”
The Breakfast with Santa is returning for the second straight year, and has proven to be a hit with kids. The award winning children’s performer, Julie K, will be returning for the breakfast as well.
“She does a lot of fun and interactive songs, so the kids are up dancing, jumping around, and having tons of fun.” said Doyle.
One of the new additions to the festival this year is the Perfect Party Planning event.
“Perfect Party Planning is a chance to inspire people in their holiday entertaining plans.” explained Doyle. “Caterers and restaurants from around the community will be showing and sampling their items so you can get ideas for your own holiday parties. You’ll also have a chance to hear from hostesses from the community that will be sharing tips and stories from their party planning experiences.”
The Gingerbread Village has proven to be a family favorite to festival regulars. It features a variety of gingerbread houses constructed by volunteers around the community. You can bid on, vote on, or just admire all the gingerbread houses on display.
Throughout it’s 19 year history The Festival of Trees has proven to be a great way to both educate people on all that The Baby Fold does for children, as well as raise money for a great organization. It has raised almost 2 million dollars for the organization over it’s 19 years, with over $150,000 coming from last years festival alone.
The Festival of Trees is a way you can enjoy the holiday season, while also helping fund an organization that dedicates itself to never giving up on a child.
The Festival is still looking for volunteers for this year. Through The Baby Fold’s website you can view all the specific volunteer shifts and positions that are available.
Tickets for the festival and events can be purchased both at the festival, or online through The Baby Fold’s website.
For more information about the festival and the organization you can visit their website at http://thebabyfold.net or call 309-454-1770
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:01