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November 26, 2021

Festival of Trees Habitat for Humanity

From 12:00AM to 12:00AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2021 CONTACTS: Kathi Houston, Festival of Trees,, (231) 510-1721 Barb Mort, Benzie Area Historical Society,, (231) 882-5539 and (231) 342-4177 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FESTIVAL OF TREES 2021 INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES AT END OF THIS RELEASE: The Benzie Area Historical Museum will be hosting the Festival of Trees Thanksgiving weekend to benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County. The three-day event will be held Friday, November 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, November 27, 12:00-6:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 28, 12:00-3:00 p.m. The Festival of Trees has been held in Benzie County for 19 years. All the money raised during this annual event is donated to Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County. Volunteers decorate both real and artificial trees and wreaths as well as table decorations with and without live greenery. All decorations and trees are given a minimum bid with visitors bidding in an online auction for the piece – or pieces – they enjoy most. Trees, wreaths, table and wall decorations can be seen indoors at the Museum and also outside in the Pavilion behind the museum. A photo of each item will be available on the Habitat for Humanity website. All bidding takes place online on the Habitat for Humanity website On Sunday the highest bidder for each decorated item will win a tree, wreath or table decoration to take home for the holidays. Proceeds from the auctioned trees, wreaths and table decorations will benefit the Habitat for Humanity, and a portion of the door donations from the three-day event will benefit the Benzie Area Historical Society. “There will be over 100 items created by talented decorators. The creativity and thoughtful imagination that is exhibited for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity seems to improve every year,” says Katherine Houston, festival organizer. “Last year the Festival made their largest donation to this impactful nonprofit - $7,000, and this year we hope to top that.” Highlights of the event include the Historical Society’s Christmas exhibit featuring Marjorie Sinclair Call’s Christmas cards made for friends and family over 60 years (1944-2004). Each card celebrated an important event in her and husband Royal's life from new babies and moves to marriages of these grown-up "babies" and their children. Each of their six children has a set of the cards and one set has been generously loaned to the museum for display during Festival of Trees. Royal and Marjorie's daughter, Jeanne (Call) Hafer will be at the museum on Saturday, November 27 from 2-4 to talk about her mom and her wonderful cards. Thompsonville in Time author Charles Kraus will be signing books on Saturday, November 27 from 12:00-2:00 p.m inside the Historical Museum. Proceeds from the sale of Thompsonville in Time benefit the Benzie Area Historical Society. The Benzie Area Historical Museum is located at 6941 Traverse Avenue in Benzonia. The event is being held inside the Museum and outside in the Agriculture Pavilion behind the Museum on Milliron Lane. For more information about the event, visit If you are interested in volunteering at the event or have any questions, please contact Kathi Houston, Habitat for Humanity Festival of Trees chair, at 231.510.1721 or Barbara Mort, executive director of the Benzie Area Historical Society, at 231.882.5539. # # # INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Interviews with the volunteer Festival of Trees organizing committee during the week of the event; decorating for the event will begin on Monday, November 22. We are also available for in-studio interviews ALSO: Talented and dedicated decorators who have worked very hard for the past 4 years are residents of a local assisted living home, Colby's Orchard House. Orchard House has a holistic approach to caring for the individual needs and provides all levels of care. Please go to for more information. Activities and being involved in community is very important to the lives of residents in any assisted living or nursing home setting. Orchard House has Activity Directors and volunteers scheduled to take residents on field trips, sing, dance, exercise, read, play games and do artwork. Artwork that they really enjoy is creating decorations for the Habitat for Humanity Festival of Trees. Over the past 4 years, some of their decorations and themes have included an angel tree, with hand sculpted angels, a recycled item tree, using spools, jar lids and papers. They also had a bird tree with tiny paintings of birds on wood hanging on the tree. Judy Duperron, Joan Miller, Susie Vigland and Sarah Webb have been very busy working for this year’s festival and are going to be donating four different trees. Their creativity and hard work will be on display with a vintage jewelry tree, an antique button tree, a miniature tree and a painted seashell tree.

Location: Benzie Area Historical Museum, 6941 Traverse Ave, Benzonia, MI


Phone: 2318825539


From 10:00AM to 6:00PM

The Holiday’s are heading our way! It is time for the GPA Festival of Trees 2021 – Festival of Trees is held for two weeks in November at the Grayling Mini-Mall, located on the I-75 Business Loop near Family Fare. 50 or more trees are beautifully decorated by area businesses and given away in a raffle. Purchase the raffle tickets, then simply choose your favorite tree and place a ticket stub in the corresponding container. If you are lucky, you could win that tree! Numerous baskets are also part of the raffle.

November 13-27, 2021 10am-6pm, Sundays 11-3. Not open on Thanksgiving.

Drawings will be held on November 28 – no tickets will be sold that day.

Festival of Trees 2021
Festival of Trees 2021

The Bearly Used Christmas Store will also be open limited hours.

Ticket prices: $2 each or 6 for $10



Phone: 800-585-3737