This year, the Friends of the Library and the Flagler County Public Library are sponsoring the 17th Annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths. Over the years, this has been a fun and rewarding event for the Library & Friends to sponsor. It offers local non-profit organizations, churches and schools to work their magic and decorate trees and/or wreaths representing their traditions, cultures, beliefs and sense of community. It is an event that truly brings the community together!Since we are celebrating the Flagler County Centennial this year, we would like to encourage our participants to join in the celebration and focus on the history of their organizations as they decorate their trees. We love the decorations that we usually see, but it would be fun to have some history thrown in there as well – maybe some photos, old newspaper articles, anything that depicts the history of your organization in the county.  And, when you write up your description of your organization, maybe include details about your history and formation in Flagler County. Show your pride, contribution to and involvement in our Flagler County history!

In case you are involved in one of the organizations that participate in the Festival of Trees, we will provide some guidelines. Although this information will be provided in the letters we mail out, this can be a heads up for you to share with your organization.

The trees will be set up on 11/28, 11/29 and 11/30. And then to kick off the holiday season for Flagler County, we will be celebrating the Annual Festival Trees with a musical celebration on Friday, 12/1. The Library will close at 6pm and re-open shortly after for the festivities to begin.

Since we want to keep the County involved in the Centennial, this year’s musical entertainment will be provided by non-other than County Commissioner, Nate McLaughlin! Yes, you heard that right! Someone said he had some musical talent that he would like to share! I guess you will have to come to the Festival of Trees to find out! If that fails, and we get lucky, maybe we will have some entertainment provided by the various ethnic groups that set up trees each year! There are possibilities!

At a minimum, we can guarantee you will see beautifully decorated trees, have some great musical entertainment and, wonderful, tasty Christmas treats and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you at this traditional community event!

If you are not on the mailing list or are a new organization that would like to participate in this event, please contact Karen Burtnett at the Library by calling 386-446-6763.

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