More than $7000 was raised at the second Festival of Tiny Trees Dec. 1, 2017 at La Conner Regional Library. That includes donations received as a result of a $10,000 matching gift announced Friday evening.
“Cozy” was the ambience as 70 guests filled the library to bid on a silent auction of 21 trees, 18 inches tall, designed and decorated by these generous individuals, businesses and organizations:
Balance Point Physical Therapy, Dorothy Bird, Curious Goods & Antiques, Lauren Hedlin, Craig Edens, Meg Holgate, Carol Johnson & Alice Collingwood, Key Bank, Patty Klamser, Jeanie Hertz/La Conner Hair Design, La Conner Senior Center, Mary Davis/Mary Davis Vintage Lighting, MoNA, Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, Rexville Grocery, Alexa Robbins, Rebecca Strong/Ruby Sue’s Tea Shop, Susan Schanen, Skagit County Historical Museum, Sally Cram/Soroptimist-La Conner, and Linda Zimmer.
Tree themes offered something for everyone, from traditional Jingle Bells to Betty Boop. There was a Beachy Blue Christmas tree featuring 10 fresh crab, and themes such as Puppy Love Christmas, Go Hawks, Peppermint Patty and Ugly Christmas Sweater Time.
After a weeklong preview that included a chance to vote for your favorite tree, the People’s Choice winner went to Rebecca Strong of Ruby Sue’s Tea Shop for her Tree of Knowledge Treasures. Her design featured 24 matchboxes of library topics filled with treasures inside each tiny box. The tree base was made of books fanned out in a circle around the tree. A suggested use is as an Advent tree.
In addition to raffle baskets, six handcrafted wreaths made by local resident Kathleen Wadland, were available; two remain for sale at the library.
“The creativity and generosity of our community in support of the library is really heartfelt as the holiday season gets underway,” said Susan Macek, La Conner Library Foundation director. “Hosting this event in our tiny library makes a strong case for why we need a new one. Our goal was for everyone to have a good time, but if it felt a little uncomfortable, it’s for a good reason. The current library is at capacity. A program and meeting space would bring lots more opportunities for the community’s benefit.”
Friends of the Library sponsored the event with in kind support from LithTex Printing, Christianson’s Nursery and Random Acts of Food.
For more information about the matching gift opportunity, contact Macek at the library, 360-466-3352, firstname.lastname@example.org. The campaign for a new library needs to raise an additional $1.8 million over the next two years.
(Click on photos below for a slide show of the trees.)