By Kathy L. Collins

The Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library and Ruskin Elementary School will host the 3rd Annual Festival of Trees beginning on Saturday, November 23 and running through Saturday, December 14 at the library located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

The center aisle of the library will have the beautifully decorated trees and fabulous wreaths running from front to back. According to Frances Hereford, one of the organizers of the festival, “It is quite stunning to see all of the decorated trees and wreaths.” You can see the trees and wreaths any time that the library is open during normal operating hours. The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for the Friends of the SouthShore Library, which funds the free events and programs at the library, and for Ruskin Elementary School. This year, the Friends and the school are looking for local businesses to donate the decorated trees and wreaths. Beginning on November 23, the public is invited to come to the library and view and bid on beautifully decorated trees and fabulous wreaths. The highest bidder will be awarded the tree and wreath at the end of the festival. On Saturday, December 14 there will be a celebration at the library complete with games, music and performances by school children. Santa will also make a special appearance and will be at the library ready to take photos. There will be fantastic gift baskets to bid on in addition to the trees and wreaths.

Proceeds from the event will benefit both Ruskin Elementary School, which will use the funds to provide field trips for the students, and the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library, who host a number of free events and programs at the library throughout the year.

You will not want to miss this fun event. This is a great opportunity to not only support the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library, which is a true supporter of the library, but you also get to help out a great local school. For more information on the Festival of Trees and to learn about other upcoming events at the library including the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library’s upcoming book sales (next one is on Saturday, November 16), please call 273-3652.


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