Local church to sponsor Festival of Trees

by Geoff Fox

The Hancock Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsoring Hancock’s first annual Festival of Trees this coming December.

Wendy Weller, who represented the church, came before town officials during the October town meeting and gave them a run down of what the event will be like.

The event, she said, is free. It will be held Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at 200 Douglas Street, which is the location of the Hancock Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church.

The purpose of the event, Weller said, was to spread Christmas cheer and bring the community together by encouraging local non-profits organizations, clubs, churches, and businesses to share their missions in a creative way.

Those that register for the Festival of Trees would bring an artificial tree to decorate with their mission, theme, or advertising what they want, she said.

“It could be the fire department, town council, it could be a bank, a school, a club, scouts… anybody can participate,” she said.

Weller said the event was inspired by a similar event at the Springfield Celebration of Trees in Williamsport.

Once a list is gathered of all the participants, a flyer will be handed out at the door of the event as people come in.

There will also be a vote for the favorite tree.

Along with the trees, there will be free refreshments, a Nativity display, a kids korner with activities, a picture booth for selfies, and a Christmas video to watch.

Set up for the event is scheduled for December 4 through December 7, but a time has yet to be determined. The tear down after the event is scheduled for December 11 and December 12.

If anyone in the community has any questions, would like a registration form sent to them, or would like to register by email they can contact Weller at [email protected].