The Pella Chronicle
---- — Join the Marion County Histroical Society on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24 between 1 and 5 p.m. at the Marion County Historical Village for the annual Festival of Trees. The village is located in the Marion County Park, 402 Willets Dr., Knoxville.
This event is free and open to the public. There will be more than 35 trees decorated by various organizations and individuals throughout the buildings in the historical village, with 6 of those decorated trees being donated to Marion County Community Action. The winner of the “Best Tree” contest will be determined by the amount of money placed in a bank beside each tree. The top three trees with the most money in their bank will receive a cash prize. The net proceeds from all the votes will go to Marion County Community Action for Christmas baskets for families in need.
There will be entertainment and demonstrations of spinning, hardanger and rug making in the buildings and homemade goodies for sale in the general store. On Saturday Notes of Harmony will perform in the Chapel from 1-2 pm with Katie Davis and her Folk Singers following from 2-3 pm. On Sunday the Knoxville Community Chorus with the quartet, A Thorn Among Roses, will perform in the Chapel from 3-4 pm. On both days, there will be mule drawn wagon rides with Geoff Wilson and rope making demonstrations by Milton Vos.
If you would be interested in demonstrating an old time craft/skill in one of the buildings or performing in the chapel please contact festival chair, Carla Huebler at 641-891-0218. Free refreshments of cider, coffee and cookies will be served. This is a great way for you and your family to spend an afternoon getting into the holiday spirit while having some good old-fashioned fun.