The 2017 Festival of Trees

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This year’s Noble Horizons’ Auxiliary Festival of Trees will be remembered as one of the more inventive years with unusual and creative displays beyond greenery, ribbon and glittery trees. Visitors saw a dollhouse and at least three village scenes, a Faberge-style egg with a homespun interior and celebrity vintage skiing socks, stuffed animals galore in the Kids’ Corner and nontraditional use of color. The “Twas the Night Before Christmas” theme seemed to spark the imaginations of everyone who took part.

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