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Festival of Trees on Tap

By Staff | Nov 19, 2015

Shown are the several trees that will be auctioned off at the Festival of Trees on Friday. The trees are sitting in the New Martinsville City Building. Those who wish to, can vote for the trees by putting money in the jars in front of the trees. Photos by Lauren Matthews

We are just a week and one day until Thanksgiving, and with that, comes the start of the holiday season. What better way to kick off the season, and help a good cause, than by attending the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce’s Festival of Trees. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the county’s Mollohan Center. Proceeds from the event will help to support several of the county’s charities, including Bags of Bounty, Bags of Blessings, Catholic Charities of WV, Esther Crumbly, Open Door Ministries, and Helping Hand Food Pantry.

Twelve trees will be auctioned off at the event, and each tree has been carefully and festively decorated by a county organization/business. Those entities include: ArtsLink, Lions’ Club, Wetzel-Valley Agencies, All Valley Dance, West Virginia Northern Community College, The Flower Basket, Peoples Bank, Journey Hospice, S&S Jewelry, Citywide Insurance, and Statoil. If you have no need for an evergreen, four wreaths will also be auctioned off. These decorations were put together by Fran Caldwell and Susan Poling, The Tin Ceiling, Citywide Insurance, and Chamber Secretary Terri Tyler.

Besides the auction, other festivities at the informal event will include an Old Fashioned Dance, DJ’ed by “Dugger,” an Ugly Sweater Contest, 50/50 drawing, and door prizes.

Cost for admittance to the event is $15 for singles and $25 for couple. Payment can be made at the door, or tickets can be purchased by calling the chamber at 304-455-3825. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.wetzelcountychamber.

com. Tickets purchased online will include a PayPal transaction fee.

The Chamber will provide a set up of Coke, Sprite, and ice. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack for their table, as well as the shared table.

If 100 individuals attend the event, Chamber President Don Riggenbach has promised to shave his head if that number is met.