Some of Frederick’s favorite artists, merchants and well-known civic leaders will be digging into their holiday decorations early this year in preparation for the Historical Society of Frederick County’s “Festival of Trees” event, November 28-December 13, 2015, in which local individuals volunteer to decorate holiday trees that are sold in a silent auction. Yvonne Reinsch and Linda Roth, Historical Society board members, are co-chairing the event that draws upon a wide cross section of Frederick’s well-known and talented.

Participating artists include: Ellen Byrne, Goodloe Byron, Jane Byron, and Yemi; merchants: Christina Christopher, Country Shabby Chic; Wendy Flynn, Dream House; Sharon Mesa, En Masse Flower Market; April Reardon, The Velvet Lounge; and civic leaders: Ric Adams, Elizabeth Cromwell, Karlys Kline, and Cindy Miller.

The Festival includes a VIP Reception on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 5:00-7:30 p.m., featuring jazz by the Rocky Birely Trio, hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne, and a very special silent auction of highly desirable items available only that evening. Tickets are $50.00 per person. The public can view and bid on the trees throughout the run of the event during regular business hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Winners will be announced the week of December 14, 2015. All proceeds benefit the work of the Historical Society. For more information,, 301-663-1188.

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