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Prairie Arts Council will present fourth annual mini-Christmas Tree Festival

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 1:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 2:46 p.m. CDT
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Sallee Zearing (from left), Dave Hornbaker, Eric May and Shana May are among the many individuals and designers donating a decorated tree for the Prairie Arts Council's fourth annual mini-Christmas Tree Festival opening this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton.

PRINCETON — The Prairie Arts Council will present its fourth annual mini-Christmas Tree Festival Nov. 22 through Dec. 8 at the Prairie Arts Center, 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton.

The two-week long event will include a day of children’s Christmas crafts, a Christmas concert presented by the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble and PAC’s first-ever collectible hand-painted Christmas ornament.

The public is invited to an opening reception Friday at 6:30 p.m. to preview the display of mini-Christmas trees and wreaths in the gallery of the Prairie Arts Center. Each design is uniquely themed and decorated by local artisans and generously donated to help raise funds in support of community arts programming offered by the Prairie Arts Council. Raffle tickets for the trees and wreaths will be sold for $2 each or three for $5. Gallery hours for viewing the trees and wreaths are Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon with extended hours on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to coincide with the city of Princeton’s Christmas Walk.

Among the businesses and individuals donating their time and talents are: Holly Harris from May, Angel and Harris Law Office, Dave Hornbaker, Shana May from Illinois Valley Soccer Club, Susan Wright of Good Scents, Lynn Weber, Jan Lohaus, Sharon Smith, Lani Swinford, Julia Cain from Flowers by Julia, Sue Garvin, Melody Best, Steve and Jan Esme, Dan and Bruce Acker, Hope Browning, Liz Draper, Carlotta Dodels, Kim Frey, Marilyn Anthony, Jane Ousec, Gina Nelson, Bea Coates, Carol Johnston, Margaret Martinkus, Stephanie VanOrdstrand, Sallee Zearing and Diane VandenBorre.

For more details about the mini-Christmas Tree Festival and other programs offered at the Prairie Arts Center, go to

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