The Festival of Trees decked the halls and rooms of Pleasant View with specially-themed Christmas trees prepared by local organizations for the fifth successful open house and silent auction Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2.
Pleasant View Administrator Tisha Johnston said organizations and groups decorated trees furnished by Pleasant View a couple weeks before the event. The trees reflected a wide range of colors and themes — including a tree topped with rays of candy canes and adorned with lace and snowflakes, created by Pleasant View residents; an angel, made by members of Johann Farms; and a sparkly unicorn-themed tree from Families and Communities Together.
Johnston said that all of the trees found new homes during Sunday's sale, and all of the homemade treats from the bake sale were sold. Proceeds go toward the organization that decorates each tree, and they often donate the money back to Pleasant View. Funds raised from the bake sale will go toward an outdoor gazebo project.
Lilly McLeod was busy selling baked goods and sweet treats as the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" played in the background.
"It seems like it's been amazing, there's just been so much interest and people coming in," she said. "The community, and a lot of the residents' families and staff, have made baked goods. It's been really a nice variety of people."
Johnston agreed with McLeod that interest in the festival grows each year. She said the festival gives residents the chance to join in the fun.
"I think it's really good, because it does start Christmas early for the residents," Johnston said. "That's my favorite part, the residents get to look at the trees and they get to enjoy all of the visitors in and out of the building. It kickstarts the season."
Resident Sue Stringer said this was her first Christmas at Pleasant View. She admired the trees on the second-floor hallway, saying the event was enjoyable, and the plethora of colors and themes made picking her favorite a daunting challenge.
"I'm still looking to see the tree I like the best, and I haven't got there yet," she said, smiling.