Every holiday season, the Altrusa Club of Meredith hosts an annual Festival of Trees. This is their largest fundraiser for the year, and it has become a family tradition in the Lakes Region of NH. There are scores of trees decorated by area businesses, nonprofit organizations, clubs, individuals, and families. At the end of the festival, all the trees will either be donated to a needy family or auctioned to raise money for the club’s community projects.
Keepsake Quilting employees got into the holiday spirit and decorated a tree for the festival. We knit hearts, hats, icicles, snowmen and Christmas balls in all shades of holiday colors. Fabrics were cut, folded and sewn into Cathedral Windows, a pieced tree, fabric-covered balls, a rocking horse and some cute little sheep. We even stitched a few redwork stockings and pillows! White flowers and a fabric-scrap garland provided the perfect finishing touches to our tree, thanks to shop decorators Libby and Heather. We planned to donate our tree, but the Altrusa Club loved it so much they felt that they could do even more good by auctioning it instead!
This weekend is the 17th Annual Festival of Trees. Admission is $3, with hours Friday 2-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. Attendees can view all of the wonderfully decorated trees, view locally crafted products, and enjoy fresh cookies and apple cider.