Visitors to the 23rd annual Union Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Tree Festival will be treated to a display of nearly 100 Christmas trees, filling the galleries of the Warther’s Carvings in Dover. Connie Finton of New Philadelphia, the Auxiliary’s project chair, says that after 22 years and more than 1,000 Christmas Trees, she promises visitors to the Festival will see many new and original designs and decorations.
“We have tripled the number of Christmas trees that we began with back in 1993,” Finton said. “Just when I think we’ve seen every possible Christmas tree theme or variation some amazing and beautiful Christmas trees arrive for our event. The creativity and artistry of the designers has to be seen to be believed.”
The Christmas Tree Festival will be open to the public from Saturday, November 12 through Sunday, November 20 at Warther’s Carvings, 331 Karl Ave. in Dover. Daily hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on Sunday, Nov. 20 when the Festival closes at 5 p.m. Admission price is $5 for adults while children under 12 are free. Tickets are sold at the door.
The primary corporate sponsor of the event this year is Huntington Bank while the room sponsors include Dover Hydraulics Co., Parkway Auto Group, and WTUZ Radio.
The Christmas trees in the Festival are for sale as are many wreaths, holiday arrangements, and the entire lobby display. Finton says after the Festival closes the smaller trees and arrangements will be available for pickup by the buyer on Nov. 21 and 22 while the larger trees will be delivered to buyers on those same days.
Finton says the Festival’s success is a tribute to the hard work of the members of the Union Hospital Auxiliary, the support of the sponsors, and the thousands of people who come to see the trees and purchase them.
“In addition to the many businesses, organizations, and professionals who sponsor the Christmas trees, we are very grateful to the Huntington Bank which again is our primary corporate sponsor, and our room sponsors which include Dover Hydraulics, Parkway Auto Group, and WTUZ Radio,” Finton said.
Some special dates to remember at the Christmas Tree Festival this year include Senior Day on Monday, Nov. 14, sponsored by The Inn at Northwood Village. Seniors over the age of 60 will be admitted at half price to enjoy the trees and refreshments.
The popular Children’s Christmas Tree Workshops will be Saturday, Nov. 19 with sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Warther’s. Children will decorate their own 18-inch lighted tree to take home for Christmas. The cost is $25 per child. The workshops are sponsored by Hawk Family Dental Care. Call the Union Hospital Community Relations office at (330) 364-0884 to make reservations.
Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Festival are donated by the Auxiliary to Union Hospital in Dover for the purchase of patient care equipment and facility improvements.