In this busy time of year, there seems to be so little time to complete the things needing done before the holidays. Yet in this rush to decorate, buy and wrap, local businesses, organizations and individuals have set aside their time to create and donate beautiful hand-made trees, wreaths and other Christmas decorations for the Kump Education Center Festival Trees and Auction.
"I am overwhelmed by the response by the community," said Heather Biola. "Each item is so unique and so many of the items have been repurposed as a result of being damage from Superstorm Sandy."
The Elkins Tree Board crafted a holly-bearing tree where red felt cardinals feast. The tree is from a holly bush planted more than 50 years ago by Elkins physician Dr. Donald Roberts. Heavy snows following Hurricane Sandy broke off the top of the bush used to fashion this unique decoration.
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by Beth Christian Broschart
The ‘Sewing and Quilting Tree’ is a group effort of Sue Pifer and employees at the Elkins Sewing Center. The tree sports sewing notions, kits and a red tape measure garland. This and many other trees, wreaths and decorations will be available during the Holiday Tree Auction at the Seneca Mall at 1 p.m. Dec. 1.
Those looking for a tree that can be used for many years, may consider a glazed and fired original from Ceramics with Class. Owner Elaine Griesel molded and painted the delightful ceramic tabletop tree which requires no maintenance or watering.
Merry musical motifs adorn a hemlock tree donated by the Davis & Elkins College Music Club. The tree stood along the Glady Fork until downed by heavy snows a few weeks ago.
A tree-top Tiger from Hopscotch gift shop highlights a tree created by the Elkins High School Key Club. The tree is sure to delight Elkins High School fans and alumni with its traditional black and orange ribbons.
Sue Pifer and employees of Elkins Sewing Center all had a hand in designing their Sewing and Quilting Tree.
"Everyone worked hard on the tree," Pifer said. "It was truly a joint effort. We all looked around and found appropriate items to decorate the tree. My favorite item is a tape measure used as garland."
Pifer said the Elkins Sewing Center supports many efforts in the Elkins area.
"I think it is important for businesses to give back to those that support them," Pifer said.
The Emma Scott Garden Club members offered a holly and ivy tree for the cause. Following the English tradition of "decking the halls" this tree is full of real holly and ivy.
Those seeking a bright holiday may consider bidding on the Tooth Fairy Tree from Family Dental. The glittering tree was created by the practice's dental hygientists and offers a year's supply of tooth paste, tooth brushes, dental floss and holiday ornaments.
The Twister Tree, donated by Garden Creations by Brandon, features twisted vines gathered following Superstorm Sandy. Pastel holiday bulbs, designed by Brandon's mother Shannon Armstead, add more swirling color to this festive tree.
Martha Metheney's spice teabags, silver teaspoons and tiny teapots adorn the Coffee and Tea Tree from Henry G's. This table-top tree is perfect for small spaces.
Bev Johnson, a Cancer Survivor, designed by Jo Jo Pennington, "personifies Bev Johnson's energy and style." The tree features dark glasses, dangling earrings and a long pink scarf.
"..Cancer can't stop the life force of such a brave woman," Pennington said.
Popcorn Strings and My Favorite Things, donated by the Kump Education Center, was decorated by Americorp Volunteers and Davis & Elkins College students. The group strung popcorn last Thursday.
"Our goal was to get the students more involved in community outreach," said AmeriCorp Vista Alyssa Hanna. "This has been a fun project to benefit a worthy cause."
This tree also features candy canes, pinecones and 12 days of Christmas ornaments.
Shops in the Seneca Mall created a Certificate Tree, featuring gift certificates to their shops.
Katy McClane built a read and green beaded tree, suitable for topping any holiday table. The tree is donated by Woodland Creations and is a must-see.
Donna Langevin and Joan Tacy of the Woman's Club of Elkins, used purple and gold ornaments and small white lights while designing the "Brighten the Way for Others" tree. The duo hopes the tree will serve as a reminder of the many projects the club participates in that brighten the way for others.
The Festival of Trees also received eight other wreaths and decorations for the upcoming auction.
The Augusta Heritage Center offers an "Augusta Heritage Wreath," the Closet created "Christmas Creations," the Davis & Elkins College Development Office created a wreath of "A D&E Christmas" and the Gandy Dancer contributed a magical holiday village titled "Scarlet's Shoe Boutique."
Woodland Creations donated a wreath called "Wild Filigree," Scott Hill Occasions donated a filled needlepoint stocking titled "Something Old & Something New," Ruth Blackwell Rogers crafted a wreath called "Canvas and Color Wreath" and the "Early Reader's Wreath was donated by Randolph County Professional Development Schools Collaboration with the D&E Teacher Education Department.
These unique items are on display at the at the Seneca Mall, located behind the shops on Third Street and Davis Avenue. Items may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The Holiday Tree Auction is slated for 1 p.m. Dec. 1.