Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Spectacle in the snow

New spin on Festival of Trees entices holiday revelers

Express Staff Writer

    Everything’s more creative with an accomplice—and this year’s partnership between the Senior Connection’s Festival of Trees and the tree experts from Sawtooth Botanical Garden has provided a variety of backdrops for an unforgettable extravaganza.
    The 15th annual Festival of Trees will benefit both entities.
    First up will be the Open House and Tree Viewing at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at this free event and hopes are high for a white pathway among the displays.
    Then, it’s the much-anticipated Fashion Show by Paula’s—The Dress Shop at the Senior Connection in Hailey on Friday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., which includes a luncheon, champagne and wine. Tickets are $50 each or $350 for a table of eight.
    Finally, the Gala Event at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, starting with signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music by Colla Voce, a raffle and tree auction. Tickets are $100 per person.
    Raffle tickets—available for $10 each or six for $50—feature five fabulous prizes including a full season ski pass, a private wild-game dinner for eight, two $500 Atkinsons’ gift cards and a $2,000 jeweled pendant necklace.
    Tickets are available by calling the Senior Connection or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. The winner need not be present to win.
    For more information, contact the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 726-9358 or email at
    And go back to the garden Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 12-21, from 6-9 p.m. for the third annual Lights in the Garden display. More than 60,000 lights will twinkle, there will be displays and family fun including warm fires, hot chocolate, cookies and good cheer.
    The cost is $5 per person or $15 per car.

Shine time
What: Open House and Tree Viewing.
When: Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Highway 75 and Gimlet, south of Ketchum.
Cost: Free.

What: Fashion Show by Paula’s-The Dress Shop. Luncheon and champagne.
When: Friday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Senior Connection, Hailey.
Cost: $50 each or $350 for a table of eight.

What: Festival of Trees Gala, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, raffle and tree auction.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
Where: Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Highway 75 and Gimlet, south of Ketchum.
Cost: $100 each.


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