Pelham Festival of Trees Begins This Weekend

Nov 23, 2011 No Comments by

Pelham Community Spirit, Inc. (PCS), a non-profit organization fostering community involvement in Pelham, announces their 3rd annual Southern New Hampshire Festival Of Trees in Sherburne Hall at the Municipal Building Complex.

The first year’s event was deemed a huge success by Mark Jedraszek, president of PCS. “We had wonderful community support both in the donation of Trees and in attendance of the event,” said Mark. “We hope to have more trees this year to draw more people.” Over 1,000 people came to see the display of 40 decorated trees in Sherburne Hall. People purchased raffle tickets that were placed in receptacles by each tree in hopes of winning that tree. Prize ribbons were awarded to trees based on originality, creativity and most beautiful.

Be sure to visit the third annual Festival of Trees! Opening November 25, the festival will be open until December 3, 2011. Hours are as follows: Friday, November 25, 4-9 PM; Saturday, November 26, 12-9 PM; Sunday, November 27, 12-5 PM. Weekday hours are 5-9 PM from November 28 until December 2 and from 12 to 9 PM on Saturday, December 3. Admission is only $5 per person ages 12 and over!

The most beautiful tree was donated by Country Brook Farms from Hudson, NH. “It happened to be the first tree people saw when they entered the Hall. Everyone commented on how pretty it looked,” said Charlene Takesian, member of Pelham Community Spirit. The trees were not only beautifully decorated but also included $100 cash, scratch tickets, video games and even a moving train.

The highlight of the first event was a wedding. Bob and Tammy Kohler tied the knot among the trees. Tammy approached PCS with the request. “Our first date was at Methuen’s Festival of Trees and I thought it would be nice to be married surrounded by them,” said Tammy.

Over nine non-profit groups participated in the first event by holding bake sales in the lobby of the Town Hall. “We wanted to include as many Pelham non-profit groups as we could to share in the proceeds. That’s part of our mission. We want everyone to be able to have an opportunity to raise funds for their own needs,” said Takesian.

This year’s event will feature a variety of entertainment and events, including a visit from Max, the Manchester Monarchs mascot, pony rides, a choir, and Seniors Night. Be sure to check their website for more information!

Pelham Community Spirit was able to purchase a new stage curtain for Sherburne Hall, helped the Pelham Ice Garden and also donated to St. Pat’s eighth grade class with the proceeds from the first event.

The Festival this year will run from November 25 through December 3. Information and applications to enter a tree are available on their website. Businesses are also invited to advertise in a Program Book that will be distributed throughout the Town.

Pelham Community Spirit also sponsors the Independence Day Celebration and the Summer Concert series in Pelham.

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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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