A dazzling array of Christmas trees is now on display at the Seneca Mall in downtown Elkins.
The trees will be available for guests to purchase today at the Downtown Holiday Soiree hosted by Elkins ON TRAC at the mall from 6 to 9 p.m.
Event chair Ann Macomber said local businesses and individuals decorated the trees and donated them to ON TRAC for the fundraiser.
One of the Christmas trees on display at the Seneca Mall in Elkins is Jerry Corley’s contribution, titled’ Snowflakes & Baubles.’
"We are so grateful for the beautiful decorations as well as time and talent contributed by these donors," Macomber said. "The variety and creativity is truly awesome."
Macomber said the trees would make great gifts for shut-ins or add to the holiday dcor of any home.
The trees range from classic styling to unique themes, such as Family Dental Practice's "Pearly Whites." Draped with pearl strands, this tree showcases a sparkling tooth fairy topper and clusters of pearl grapes. A Venus tooth whitening kit is also included.
The tree decorated by Elkins Sewing Center may be a favorite among rail fans. "All Aboard for Christmas" is an enchanted winter train voyage on a tree filled with many surprises and gift certificates redeemable at the center.
Created by Performance 7, a new business set to open in the Seneca Mall, "Teaming with Life" offers a glimpse of spring with whimsical bumblebees, birds, flowers, and ladybugs, while "Olde Glory" from Gandy Dancer Theatre honors America with the colors of the American flag.
Elkins resident Jerry Corley made a contribution, modestly titled "Snowflakes & Baubles," but there's a whole lot more adorning this tree. "A Rustic Christmas" by Henry G's Cafe brings Americana style to the holiday season.
Handmade ornaments grace Sewing for the Season's "Heaven n' Nature Sings," while the Fashion Closet's "Bow-tiful Christmas Tree" features handmade holiday hair bows.
"Victorian Christmas," donated by Victorian Emporium, evokes turn-of-the century charm with miniature toys and lace trimmings. "Down on the Farm" by JoJo's Floral and Bridal is as down to earth as Steer Steakhouse's "Poinsettia Glory" is elegant.
With handmade "candies" and candy cane ornaments, "Candyland," donated by the Kissel Stop Caf, is reminiscent of holiday sweets and treats.
"Upcycled Christmas," created by Macomber and her daughter, Katie Daft, is covered with beautiful decorations cleverly made of common household or discarded items.
Donated by the City of Elkins, "Jingle Bells" displays bells of every size, shape and color. All sparkly white and silver, Elkins ON TRAC's tree, donated by Project Manager Karen Carper, welcomes winter with "Let It Snow."
ON TRAC will sponsor a contest among the 15 decorated trees on the organization's Facebook page.
To participate in the contest, find Elkins ON TRAC on Facebook and open the photo album, Christmas Tree Contest. To vote, view all 15 trees and "like" photos of your favorites. The tree with the most "likes" will win the contest.
A "People's Choice" award and gift from a downtown business will be presented to the winner.
Soiree guests will be invited to vote for their favorite tree at the event.
Guests will also enjoy live music, sampling hors d'oeuvres and specialties presented by downtown restaurants, and tasting a selection of wines provided by Stone Road Vineyard of Elizabeth.
All proceeds will benefit Elkins ON TRAC and support the organization's work revitalizing downtown Elkins.
For more information, see downtownelkins.com or find Elkins ON TRAC on Facebook.