Benzie Area Historical Museum hosts Festival of Trees

BENZIE COUNTY — Habitat for Humanity benefits from the money paid for over 100 Christmas trees, seasonal wreaths, and table decorations decorated by volunteers on sale at the Festival of Trees each year.

This annual event will be held again at the Benzie Area Historical Museum Saturday Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m., and Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Volunteers decorate both real and artificial trees and real and artificial wreaths. Some have designed table decorations both with and without live greenery.

All decorations and trees are all given a minimum bid by visitors who bid in a silent auction for the piece(s) they enjoy most. On Sunday at 4 p.m., the highest bid for each beautiful item will win a tree or wreath or table decoration to take home for the holidays.

On Nov. 25 and 26, the Museum is filled with psychedelic colors, red and green, and yellow in unusual designs. Last year a volunteer concocted a chicken out of Christmas tree branches, another, a tree honoring the military, and a third, a tree with peace symbols. Wreaths were made of vivid ornaments, bows, and even woven of natural grasses. Table decorations included holiday candles, bright ornaments and green pine branches.

A reading by Rev. Timothy Murtough of “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote will be given on Nov. 25 at 4 p.m.

Entrance to the Museum is by donation split by Habitat for Humanity and the Benzie Area Historical Museum.


Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or

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