Festival of Trees
on tap Dec. 5 and 6

The “Rolling Hills of Ireland” tree came complete with a stone cottage for six adults in Ireland in 2013. The weeklong stay, donated by Charles and Theresa Dice, was valued at $2,500.

The Providence Seaside Foundation’s 17th annual Festival of the Trees will kick off at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.

The Cannon Beach Chorus will sing John Rutter’s “Magnificat,” Alfred Burt carols and other seasons music.

The concert is directed by John Buehler and accompanied by Susan Buehler. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

A free public open house will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6, also at the convention center. Attendees can browse more than 25 decorated trees on display and visit Santa.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the gala dinner auction with a champagne reception and silent auction. Dinner and the live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., with music performed by Acustica World Music.

Jorjett Strumme, a local resident who crafts costume art, masks and headpieces, will be the event’s signature artist.

Dinner tickets cost $100 per person. To make reservations or get more information, call 503-717-7604.

The first festival was held in 1997, and the foundation has raised more than $1 million through the events since that time. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Providence ElderPlace North Coast, a program that will provide care for the elderly beginning next spring.

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