Aquanet, Beehives and Holiday Lights Decorate Baltimore's Premier Tree Festival
What happens when you combine Aquanet hairspray, teasing combs, holly leaves, holiday lights, partridges, pink flamingos and basketballs? You get a sampling of the more than 300 decorated trees at this year's annual Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving weekend.
With themes inspired by the Broadway blockbuster "Hairspray," the Baltimore Ravens, Maryland Terrapins and classic holiday tales, more than 300 trees, wreaths, stockings and gingerbread houses designed by local artists, scout troops, families and businesses will be on display at the 13th annual Festival of Trees at Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., to benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute.
The three-day winterland kicks off on Friday, Nov. 29, with a preview breakfast for Festival of Trees sponsors and their families. Festival of Trees opens to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Adult admission is $8, and $4 for kids and seniors. Awards will be given to the top designers in various categories, and trees, wreaths, stockings and gingerbread houses will be sold to benefit Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Throughout the festival, participants will also be treated to continuous musical entertainment, holiday crafts booths, a food court and children's activities. A new addition to Festival of Trees is a basketball clinic at 11:30 a.m. Sunday hosted by Maryland Terrapins Coach Gary Williams, who is also this year's honorary chair of Festival of Trees. And, on Friday, Chip Franklin of WBAL-AM, Kennedy Krieger's radio partner, will be on-site at Festival of Trees from 9 a.m. to noon, broadcasting live from the event.
This year's event also features a silent auction at Maryland State Fairgrounds and an on-line auction (www.kennedykrieger.org) that features special packages that you can only get through Festival of Trees, including a one-week stay in a Tuscan villa, sports tickets and autographed memorabilia, and a New York weekend complete with tickets to "Hairspray" and the Tony Awards. Items in the silent auction include fine jewelry, artwork, sports memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates and collectibles.
Kennedy Krieger Institute is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with disabilities, resulting from disorders of the brain, achieve their potential and participate as fully as possible in family, community and school life. For more information about Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.
Key sponsors for Festival of Trees include: Comcast; Mars Super Markets, Inc.; Rosemore, Inc.; Ruskey & Company Builders, Inc.; Baltimore Ravens; Lockheed Martin; Sylvan Learning Foundation; Alban Tractor Company; Alex Brown & Sons Charitable Foundation, Inc.; The Baltimore Sun; Erickson Retirement Community; First Union National Bank; Geico Direct Auto Insurance; Roy Kirby & Sons, Inc.; Legg Mason, Inc.; McCormick & Company, Inc.; Mercantile Bank & Trust; Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP; WBAL-AM and WJZ-TV 13.
For more information about Festival of Trees, please call 443-923-7300 or visit visit www.kennedykrieger.org.
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