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Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Tree Fest Kicks Off with Gala Preview

Christmas Tree Fest Kicks Off 
with Gala Preview
By Mike Lauterborn
(for Fairfield Citizen News)

Fairfield, CT – The elves were hard at work all year, and made one final push this week, to fill from floor to ceiling The Burr Homestead with holiday décor in celebration of the 30th year of the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival.

The elves in this case are all the designers involved in crafting the elaborate ornaments, wreaths, tabletop items, garlands and more exhibited throughout the historic space at 739 Old Post Road, and over 200 volunteers who have given their time to tastefully decorate each of the themed rooms and coordinate the event.

On Thursday evening, several hundred select few had the opportunity to preview the fruits of their labor, enjoying a Gala Party complete with wine, hors d’ouevres and a silent auction. The soiree was the kickoff to the four-day festival, which is one of the leading holiday occasions in Fairfield.

Each year, the fest benefits a different local charity and, this year, all proceeds go to St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services in Trumbull, to help build a therapeutic pool serving children and adults with complex medical needs.

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