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Events: 25th Annual Festival of Trees at Hands On! Regional Museum

Staff Report • Nov 6, 2013 at 4:44 PM

25th Annual Festival of Trees

Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City

Dates to remember: Tickets for sale on November 1stExhibit, November 7th through November 19thNight of Lights Gala, held on Friday, November 22nd, 6:30 pm

Everyone knows that the Christmas holiday season can be hectic. But this year, Hands On! Regional Museum invites everyone to Take a Christmas Vacation at their 25th Annual Festival of Trees. This series of festive events makes up the museum's biggest fund-raiser each year, with all proceeds dedicated to the museum's educational interactive exhibits and hands-on programs.

The event includes a "Showing of the Trees" exhibit, November 7th through November 19th, that will display festive holiday trees, wreaths, and centerpieces decorated by regional designers. Each year, volunteers from all over the area give their time and talents to produce beautiful, one-of-a-kind decorations that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Admission to the Showing of the Trees exhibit is free during this time. All greenery items will be available for purchase during the Night of Lights Gala, held on Friday, November 22nd.

On November 22nd beginning at 6:30 pm, you are invited to put on your dancing shoes for the main event, "The Night of Lights Gala" benefit auction. The auctions will include all greenery items, a variety of spa, dining, entertainment, and sports packages and other items that will make great presents for someone special, or for yourself! Skip the crowds in the stores and pick up your holiday decorations and start your gift buying during the silent and voice auctions!

The event will be hosted by Josh Smith, WJHL NewsChannel 11 and catered by Main Street Cafe & Catering. The voice auction will be led by Mike Bauguess. SPANK will finish the evening with live music and dancing.

"Our gala benefit is unlike others since it provides auction items that will jump start your holiday deco- rating and gift buying," said Kristine Carter, Hands On! Marketing Manager. "We hold the Night of Lights before Thanksgiving, since that's when families traditionally do their decorating and begin their holiday shopping." All proceeds benefit the museum's programs and exhibits that were enjoyed by 75,000 visitors last year.

Tickets to the Night of Lights Gala are better than a membership to a Jelly of the Month club! They go on sale November 1st. Early reservations are recommended, as tickets are limited.

For more information about Festival of Trees, Night of Lights Gala tickets, or Hands On!, please visit the museum's website or call (423) 434-HAND.

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