Christmas Tree Festival returns to Warther's

Christmas Tree Festival returns to Warther's
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The festival’s success is a tribute to the hard work of the members of the auxiliary, the support of the sponsors and the thousands of people who come to see the trees and purchase them.

                        

The 26th annual Union Hospital Auxiliary Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival will be from Saturday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 24 at Warther’s Carvings Museum in Dover, 331 Karl Ave. Daily hours for the festival will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on the festival’s final day when it will close at 5 p.m.

The admission price is $5 for adults, and children younger than 12 will be admitted for free. All tickets will be sold at the door.

Connie Finton of New Philadelphia, the auxiliary’s chair for the event and its founder and organizer, said she is amazed the Christmas Tree Festival continues to grow every year, especially after 2018 when the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary.

“I’ve told everyone I meet that I had hoped the festival would be successful for a few years and be a good thing for the auxiliary,” Finton said. “But it’s because of the community that this festival is so successful. It certainly has the name of the Union Hospital Auxiliary on it, but it belongs to our community, and we continue to thank everyone who sponsors a tree, buys trees and other items, and comes and supports the festival.”

The Christmas trees in the festival will be for sale, as will many wreaths, holiday arrangements and the entire lobby display inside Warther’s Museum during the festival. Finton said after the festival closes, the smaller trees and arrangements will be available for pick-up by the buyer on Nov. 25 and 26 while the larger trees will be delivered to buyers on those same days.

Tickets also are available for the festival's preview party, which will be held Friday, Nov. 15 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $75 each for the preview party and can be purchased online at www.christmastreefest.com, in person at Pam’s Posies in downtown Dover at 131 W. Third St. or by calling 330-340-5611.

Those attending the preview party will receive a special ornament that again is designed and handcrafted by Dan Warther and sponsored by Toland-Herzig Funeral Home at Dover. They will have an opportunity to see and purchase the trees and participate in a fundraising auction of items donated by the following: specially designed and crafted cutlery item from Steve Cunningham and Warther Cutlery, a personally designed jewelry piece from Alan Rodriguez of Rodriguez’s House of Stones, and a bedroom set selected by Marty Brogan of Williams Furniture.

Finton said the festival’s success is a tribute to the hard work of the members of the auxiliary, the support of the sponsors and the thousands of people who come to see the trees and purchase them.

A new event this year will be a Corporate Christmas Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Warther’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch, which includes a box lunch and admission to the festival for a cost of $15 per person, is designed to allow for area businesses and/or business managers to host their staffs for lunch as they browse all of the trees and items on display at the festival. Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-432-3713. The sponsor for this new event is Parkway Auto Group.

Senior Day at the festival will be Monday, Nov. 18 and is sponsored by The Inn at Northwood Village at Dover. Seniors age 60 and over will be admitted at half price ($2.50) that day to enjoy the trees and refreshments.

The children’s tree-decorating workshops will be held Saturday, Nov. 23 with sessions scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Warther’s. The cost is $25 per child, and the workshops are sponsored by Hawk Family Dental Care at New Philadelphia. Reservations for the tree-decorating workshops are required and can be made by calling 330-260-4770.

Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Festival are donated by the auxiliary to Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital for the purchase of patient care equipment and facility improvements. All proceeds from the festival and all auxiliary projects and fundraising programs stay at Union Hospital.


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