Sunday, May 9, 2021

Festival of Trees: Decorators Wanted!

Stephen Josselyn, Bette McGilvray, Jerry Swiacki, Linda Turner and Dave Rice at a previous Festival of Trees. Submitted Photo

Stephen Josselyn, Bette McGilvray, Jerry Swiacki, Linda Turner and Dave Rice at a previous Festival of Trees. Submitted Photo

Marco Island Center for the Arts is looking for creative individuals, businesses, groups, and organizations to help increase the holiday spirit by decorating a tree for the Art Center’s fourth annual Festival of Trees, which will be held November 28 – 30, 2017.

The Festival of Trees is a holiday event at Marco Island Center for the Arts and dollars raised benefit the nonprofit’s classes for children and adults, and art exhibitions and events. Founded in 2014 by dedicated Marco Island volunteer and art supporter Dave Rice, the Festival of Trees is a fundraising and community goodwill event.



The Festival offers students, individuals, families, businesses, clubs, and organizations a unique opportunity to participate in this annual holiday fundraiser. “We are excited to have people showcase their creative talent, providing a beautiful atmosphere for families that consider the Festival of Trees the official start to the holiday season,” said Dave Rice. How it Works

Three-foot trees or smaller can be decorated with any style or theme you choose, so let your imagination run wild! Tree decorators will be responsible for providing a tree and all lighting and decorating materials. Electrical outlets are available. A limited number of spaces are available, so please register early. There is no registration fee! Registration forms are available at the Art Center or can be downloaded at

There will be a silent auction for the trees. This is a joint fundraising effort with the decorator and Marco Island Center for the Arts. Each will receive 50% of the net proceeds. You can also elect to submit a tree that is not for sale. And the Winner Is!

New this year – The trees will be judged by the “Marco Island Home and Business Christmas Decorating Contest” committee. This all-island decorating contest enters its 21st year and is a Marco institution with more than 2,000 homes and businesses participating. The committee chairman is Festival of Trees founder, Dave Rice.

The winner of the Best Decorated Christmas Tree will be invited to travel with the committee that judges the outdoor Christmas decorations on Marco Island and attend an exclusive committee party after the home and business winners are selected on December 15, 2017.

The Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive. For more information call 239-394-4221 or visit

Festival of Trees Timetable

November 27, 10 AM – 4 PM: Installation of trees.

November 28-30, 9 AM – 6 PM: Festival of Trees

November 28, 4-6 PM: Gingerbread House Making Workshop for children ages 6-12. Registration is required and space is limited ($10/$15).

November 28, 4-6 PM: Meet and greet with Santa.

November 30: Judging of the trees.

November 30, 4 PM: Silent Auction closes and highest bidders notified.

December 1, 10 AM – 4 PM: All trees must be paid for and picked up by the end of the day.

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