Festival of Trees
Senior citizens and
youth brought together
Express Staff Writer
snowfall on the first day of December did nothing to stem the festivities
of the Festival of Trees.
who live here are still out and about in the snow," said Chris
Thompson, chairman of the festival for the second year running.
Lau and Kay Lium admire an angel that was part of the silent auction
Thursday at the Festival of Trees Gala Evening. Express photo by David
said the mission of the festival is to bring the valley’s senior
citizens and youth together and bridge a generation gap."
Thompson were Jo Shanholtzer and Brenda Shappee. Shanholtzer is the
chairwoman of the board of directors of the Blaine County Senior Center.
Shappee is the director of the center.
women said that money raised at the festival goes to the board.
said the board then decides how much money stays with the center and how
much goes to the KidShop.
she wouldn’t know how much money was raised until after press time, but
last year the board received $23,000, $5,000 of which went to the KidShop.
Hassall, the director of daycare services for the Blaine County School
District, heads up the KidShop.
take care of children, 4 to 11, before, after and during school hours at
Bellevue and Hailey elementary schools," she said.
Community of Faith Lutheran Church donated a "Fishing in
Idaho" Christmas tree to the Festival of Trees held at the Hailey
National Guard Armory. Express photo by David N. Seelig.
She said a
large portion of the money goes toward the KidShop food program. She said
a snack is served at 4 p.m. on school days, but she said the word snack is
typical snack is a tuna fish sandwich served with a vegetable like
broccoli," she said, adding that many parents are amazed when they
pick up their children to see them eating their vegetables with relish.
her volunteers put on one of the Festival of Trees events called the
Children’s Winter Wonderland. It features face painting, writing letters
to Santa and music.
Christmas trees, which are the big ticket item of the festival, are
displayed in the Hailey National Guard Armory, and the Winter Wonderland
is held across the street in the Senior Center.
Saturday, parents and children beat a path between the two buildings.
said that most of the money goes to the Senior Center’s meal programs.
on Wheels program distributes one meal a day, seven days a week to senior
citizens at their homes.
the center serves approximately 65 meals, four days a week at the center.
raising money right now for a new walk-in cooler, so we can buy food in
quantity and save money," Shappee said.
estimated the cooler would cost the center $8,000.
raised at the festival also goes to help seniors with transportation,
housework, shoveling snow and other kinds of chores for a minimal fee.
Festival of Trees was a three-day affair, starting with a gala evening on
Nov. 29. It is during the gala that the decorated trees are sold in a