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Annual Trees of Hope slated



Date published: 10/14/2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

This year's Trees of Hope display to benefit Hope House will celebrate that agency's 25th anniversary of serving women from Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline.

Hope House provides housing, training and support for homeless mothers and their children.

The Trees of Hope display will be Nov. 5-14 at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center.

The annual event concludes with a festive gala on Nov. 17 at the Jepson Center at the University of Mary Washington.

For this year's event, Hope House is bringing back its popular luncheon, fashion show and holiday boutique.

Additional events will include a seminar on holiday decorating and a chance for children to decorate trees.

The trees in the display are decorated by area artists, business owners, clubs, decorators and other friends of Hope House. And a few more trees remain to be decorated.

The exhibit will be each day Nov. 5-14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

On the final day, Nov. 14, there will extended hours until 7 p.m. Also on that night, a decorating seminar called "Tree Tips, Tricks and Techniques," will be held.

The following day, the trees will be moved to the Jepson Alumni Center, 1119 Hanover St., in time for events there.

The Ann Crowe Essig Memorial Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held there on Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fashions from the downtown women's shop CIS and children's clothing store Mock Turtle will be featured. Tickets are $45 per person.

The luncheon is sponsored by Medical Specialists of Fredericksburg, Dr. Leroy J. Essig.

Tickets for the Nov. 17 gala are $200 per couple, the same price as last year. At the end of the evening, participants will take home a glittery table-top tree.

If the participants prefer, they can let Hope House donate theirs to a church, nursing home or nonprofit organization.

Trees for decorating may be picked up at Hope House, 902 Lafayette Blvd. Tickets for the luncheon and gala may be purchased there, as well. Also, people may phone 540/371-0831 or email treesofhope@hopehouse va.org.

Visit hopehouseinva.org for information about the program.