On Saturday, the Palestine Mall will be filled with sounds and sights of the holiday season, filled with close to 20 Christmas trees decorated with themes to represent several local organizations during the Dogwood Garden Club's annual Festival of Trees.
“This is just one more way our garden club is connecting with getting our community involved in beautifying our town. The Palestine Mall will once again be a true 'Festival of Trees' for all to come and see,” Dogwood Garden Club Festival of Trees Chairman Linda J. Brown told the Herald-Press. “We want to start your holiday season in awe.”
The public is invited to attend the event from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Palestine Mall. The event will include the viewing of the Christmas trees, free refreshments and local entertainment. At 2 p.m., Christmas carolers will perform under the direction of Luis Giron. Story Intermediate School's 4th and 5th Grade Dance Club students also will perform a few dances to holiday songs.
The Dogwood Garden Club will serve wassail and cookies to those in attendance. The club also will hold a bazaar throughout the day at the mall.
The garden club's fund-raising Christmas bazaar will include items for sale including homemade baked goods, desserts, jellies, arts and crafts and other items. Special items will include one-of-a-kind floral designs and Christmas potted plants. The money raised will help the club with its projects on local, district, state and national levels.
Organizations, clubs and entities participating this year by decorating a tree include: CASA of Trinity Valley; Anderson County Arts Council; Relay for Life; BARC, Anderson County Humane Society; Anderson County Master Gardeners; Cars of Palestine; Palestine High School Alumni Association; NAACP; Anderson County Texas Democratic Women; Keep Elkhart Beautiful; Xi Nu Beta; Lakeview Methodist Conference Center; Christian Heritage Academy; Palestine Noon Lions Club; Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS); Refuge of Light; and Pionette Garden Club.