Delaware Hospice elves will be scurrying around Brantwyn Estate this week ahead of the opening Friday of the 36th New Castle County Festival of Trees.
Downstate, an entirely different group of dedicated volunteers are heading into final stretch of preparation for Kent & Sussex County Festival of Trees at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.
Proceeds from both benefit Delaware Hospice programs up and down the state.
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The events make money off the sponsorship for trees, sales of home decor such as wreaths and table centerpieces, and food and entertaining items.
Here’s a look at some items from previous years, but not this year. The New Castle County one won’t be put up until Wednesday and Thursday.
The trees are decorated by volunteers in different themes, including one featuring snow white doves, each representing a Delaware Hospice patient who died during the year.
The home decor and food are handmade by volunteers, who try to appeal to a variety of tastes so everybody who visits the free event can find something they want to take home.
The New Castle County festival runs Friday, Nov. 17 at the Brantwyn Estate at 600 Rockland Road, Wilmington.
The Kent & Sussex County Festival of Trees will run Friday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Hospice Center at 100 Patriots Way, Milford. The doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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