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November, 17 2001 - A Jolly Time at 23rd Festival of Trees

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The Salvation Army Band greeted Festival of Trees in the driveway of the Marriott City Center member blows the baritone "Christmas Carnivale," a fiber optic Christmas tree designed by Patrick Williams, won 2nd place Patrick Williams, chair of the design committee for the second year in a row.. "What could be nearer and dearer to a designer's heart than a program that fosters creativity, talent and an interest in the arts?" he wrote in this year's program. Three Amigos: Gala Co-Chair Martha Kelce, left, ArtReach Executive Director Tracey Blustein, and Co-Chair Katherine Honnen. "Tracey's the one who makes this all happen, you know," said the bubbly Ms. Kelce.
Gala Co-Chair Martha Kelce and John Lundberg, owner of Lundberg's Scandanavian Bakery. "We're both from MinneSOta," explains Martha. Gala Co-char Katherine Honnen and her husband Mark Terri Vitale, publisher of Colorado Expressions and Confetti magazines, and Paul Keebler of NorthWestern Mutual Financial Services Jan and Bill Hurt, the festival's best customers and honorary chairmen of the event, have been at every Festival of Trees since the first one in 1981 at Mammouth Gardens. The parents of six have been known to buy 16 trees.
Wendy Carlino-Jaques, center, with her daughter Melissa, left, and daughter-in-law Jamie Jaques. The volunteer threesome decorated the tree behind them. Wendy and Melissa have been helping out at the Festival of Trees every year since Melissa was a baby. Libby Bland, left, and Kathy Lang. Ms. Bland is with Johnson Moving and Storage, in charge of delivering many of the trees to their owners Patrons Pete and Corinne Lovell Mike and Ellen Lynch, committee member
Ex-officio director Sherri Huseby always does her Christmas tree shopping in pearls Ron King and ArtReach Board of Directors President Leslie Tweed King Larah Thomson, left, with festive philanthropists George and Gail Johnson Glenn Jones and Dianne Eddolls take a break from shopping to greet friends Jean and Ben Galloway
Kim and Dave Pemberton placed a bid on the "Angels on High" Christmas wreath And the first place ribbon went to . . . "Teddies and Tea," a 4.5-foot tree designed by Marle Nicholas Monty Cleworth and Tonya Everist of the Children's Hospital Foundation ArtReach volunteer Millie Grant poses with the tree she considered the pick of the litter. Patrick Williams' colorful fiber optic creation
Anne Schnabel, left, and Verna Davis. Ms. Schnabel joined ArtReach in August as the director of development., and Ms. Davis is a veteran greeter for the Festival of Trees. US Bankers Linda Watson, left, and Joni Baird This tree was creatively decorated with flora. The more than 150 trees, wreaths and swags at the festival are always great sources for home decorating ideas. "Celebration of the Royal Woodlands" by Mike Dean of the Perfect Petal took top honors in the wreath category
Aaron LaPedis and Sandee Weeks pose next to the arrangement they took home, "Holiday Splendor," designed by Debbie Ingoldsby of Wrap It Up Joan and John French. Mr. French served on the first board of directors for ArtReach back in 1981. Honorary festival director Jamie Angelich and husband Alan Angelich Vince and Cheryl Gorden, left, pose with Michael and Carolyn Crawford
Board member Richard Kylberg and his lovely bride Holly, left, with wunderkind clothing designer Gabriel Margot Gilbert Frank checks out the moose head centerpiece, festively adorned for the holidays by Mryna Lipton of Floral Expressions Holly Kylberg, left, poseswith Pete Warzel and board member Denise Warzel Best Chapeau honors went to Victoria Frank . With her is her dashing date, Ron Jacobs
Marcie Eroin, left, and Cindy Willard of the Denver Post "Fairy ring.... A Moment to Remember" was one of the silent auction items "Norsk Country Christmas" by John Lundberg Scandanavian Bakery won first prize in the gingerbread competition Larry Choquette, left, and Design Chair Patrick Williams of Aesthetics Unlimited
Take a bough, Sue Ellen! Festival coordinator Sue Ellen Goss with ArtReach's "live" Christmas tree The whole family chimed in More than two dozen unique wreaths were up for bid "The Music of Christmas," designed by Aesthetics Unlimited, sponsored by Joan and Ron Maclachlan
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