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Antrim

Lighting up the holidays

Antrim’s James A. Tuttle Library is decorated to the hilt once again with good cheer, through Jan. 1

  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.
  • The annual Festival of Trees at the James A. Tuttle Library in Antrim. The trees can be viewed during library hours until Jan. 4.

The Fourth Annual Festival of Trees drew a crowd of about 600 people its opening day Saturday, and the three floors of trees at the town library are available for viewing through Jan. 1.

Assistant Librarian Maureen Reider said Tuesday night that the open house had a large turn out at the library. She said children participated in a scavenger hunt. Refreshments, music and tree voting also kept visitors busy.

Residents and businesses from Antrim, Bennington and other nearby towns submitted, not just decorated trees, but also wreaths, Christmas villages and other decorations at the James A. Tuttle Library on Main Street, which will be on display for more than a month for anyone who wants to stop in and enjoy some holiday spirit.

All 82 submissions had their own special theme and title, and were judged by spectators during the first few days of the festival, according to Librarian Assistant Melissa Lawless. She said tree viewers dropped tickets into boxes by the decorated submissions to vote on which decoration they thought was the most unique, most beautiful, most outstanding overall, best tree top, funniest, best under-the-tree display; there is also an award for the public’s favorite wreath.

The winner of the most outstanding overall display will win the Gilded Tree Award, a golden tree statue made by Lulu Boule.

Reider said that at the open house Saturday, children participated in a scavenger to find which tree answered a question on the scavenger list.

Around every turn in the library, there is a tree of some kind. Even the bathrooms have lots of Christmas decorations with bathroom-themed trees.

The trees can be viewed during library hours, Monday through Saturday through Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. The library is located at 45 Main St. in Antrim. For more information, check out the event’s website at www.antrimfestivaloftrees.org.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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