Ticonderoga, NY – The Ticonderoga Historical Society is inviting individuals and community groups to once again take part in the Festival of Trees at the Hancock House Museum. The popular holiday event will take place from November 25 through December 31. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World,” although the decorated trees, centerpieces, and other displays do not have to follow the suggested theme.
“After more than 30 years, this event has become a holiday tradition,” said Managing Director Diane O’Connor. “The creativity and inspiration that the participants bring to their entries is so remarkable. The families and groups that come to see the Hancock House, with its four floors fully decorated, always take away with them a special holiday memory.”
Organizations and individuals are invited to participate and compete for cash prizes. Trees will be judged by an anonymous panel of three individuals. Prizes will be awarded for best theme, with a $100 prize; most creative, with a $100 prize, best children’s (under 18), with a $50 prize; and best non-tree holiday display, with a $50 prize. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the free Champagne Reception held Sunday, December 5 from 1 until 3 p.m. Also returning this year is the popular holiday train layout, courtesy of the Upstate Model Railroaders. The train layout is made possible by grants from Stewart’s Shops and the Ticonderoga Cultural Arts Alliance.
Trees can be any size; however, fire regulations allow only artificial trees. Additionally, lighting must comply with UL approval codes. Decorated trees must be in place no later than November 23 and must be removed the week of January 2. Group tours for schools and other organizations are also available by reservation. To secure a space, or for additional questions, contact the Hancock House at 518-585-7868 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo at top provided by Diane O’Connor, Ticonderoga Historical Society Managing Director.