My friend Tami and I popped into the Festival of Trees yesterday afternoon in search of a little joyeux noel at the end of another crazy week.
We wandered easily through a range of trees that expressed all the whimsy, grace, beauty, creativity and enjoyment of this festive season. My favorite tree stood stately with real instruments nestled in its branches. Tami admired a woodland themed tree with birch branches springing from its crown.
Each told the story of the season, and the artists who designed it. One designer formed a tree of cellos and lit it with white twinkle lights, another built one entirely of full wine bottles, while others featured children’s toys.
Naturally, the display included a Packer tree, complete with a helmet crown.
Upstairs, we found an equally diverse collection of hand-made wreaths.
Patrons bid on the trees and wreaths, with all proceeds going toward the Fox Cities Building for the Arts.
There’s still time to view the exhibit, which runs through Saturday, though final bidding for the items ended last night.
Meanwhile, enjoy a few pictures from our afternoon stroll.