What are the dates of the Antrim Festival of Trees?
For 2017, the dates are Nov. 25 through Jan.2. In general, the Festival starts the weekend of Thanksgiving and runs through the first of the year, with displays being taken down the first week of January.
What are the hours?
The Festival of Trees can be viewed any time that the James A. Tuttle Library is open: Mon. and Wed. 2-6 pm, Tues. and Thurs. 2-8 pm, Fri. 9 am-12 pm, Sat. 10 am – 4 pm.
Additional special events include the annual kickoff Open House on Sat. Nov. 25 from 10-4 (the Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend). The full day Open House will feature a variety of entertainment, scavenger hunt and delectable refreshments. Quilt raffle tickets will be available and Voting for Favorites will begin. Voting will close on Saturday, Dec. 9th. The Quilt Raffle winner will be drawn and voting favorite Ribbon Winners will be announced at a special evening event, The Festival Gala on Dec. 9th from 6-8 pm. Another special evening event will be held Wed. Dec. 20th from 6-8 pm, A Solstice Soiree.
Is there a deadline to reserve a spot?
Generally, registrations are cut off by early November to give time for organization and program printing. However, because the Festival is growing in renown and popularity, we anticipate that spots for placement of the trees, wreaths and displays will fill up quickly. It’s always advisable to register early to ensure a spot will be available.
Set-up Dates and Times:
Set-up for participants will be during regular library hours Nov. 13-18 (the week before the Thanksgiving holiday): specifically Monday the 13th 2-6 p.m., Tuesday the 14th from 2 until 8 p.m., Wednesday the 15th from 2 until 6 p.m., Thursday the 16th between 2 and 8 p.m., Friday the 17th between 9 a.m. and 12 noon and lastly, Saturday the 18th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
What if I can’t make it during designated set-up times?
Please contact us as soon as possible at AntrimFOT@gmail.com. If there’s a last minute delay, please contact a committee member directly or call 603-831-1802.
Do I need to bring a cord?
Yes please, a UL listed cord is required.
Do I need to have the tree all put together or can I do it there?
You can do whichever is easier for you. There’s usually ample space, but keep in mind the Library hours and that others may also be trying to get things done at the same time. Try to be as organized as possible.
Will there be help unloading my car and with carrying things?
It’s best to plan your own help. Volunteers on hand are always appreciated.
Can I decorate with cookie-cutouts or candies?
Unfortunately, the nature of the historic library makes it vulnerable to unwanted visitors and pests that may be attracted by such decorations. No one wants your hard work eaten overnight!
Why is loose tinsel prohibited?
Tinsel goes everywhere! The static nature of tinsel means that it can be too easily brushed against and carried along. The same goes for artificial snow and loose glitter. We wouldn’t want tinsel and snow all over the books (or on the floor, or in the computers, or in little hands…).
I am only doing a small tree, will it look lost?
Absolutely not! There’s room for ALL sizes of trees and wreaths: some may be put on shelving or a table to make them easier to see and to be sure they’re displayed in the most advantageous manner.
Do I have to have lights on my tree?
Not at all. There are all sorts of themes for trees that look best in natural light as well as the indirect room lighting used to highlight those. Battery operated lights are an option but unless they are the type with a timer we cannot guarantee that they will be lit daily. However, we will do our best to have them on for Open House and special events.
Why can’t I use a real tree?
Fire regulations and maintenance. Our Festival is run by volunteers and there aren’t enough hours in the day to satisfactorily water trees and greenery to keep them alive, fresh and safe! Additionally, water spills could make for hazardous conditions.
I’d like to participate but I don’t have an artificial tree.
Contact us! We may be able to help by matching you up with a donated tree or share our idea book of “creative trees” with you! We’ve collected lots of ideas! We also have a few wreaths available for lending.
I’d rather enter a wreath. What are my options?
Wreaths of all sizes (and shapes!) are welcome. There are no electrical outlets available for wreaths. You may use alternate lighting if you wish such as battery operated lights, but due to time and labor constraints, they will not be lit daily but most certainly for Open House and special events.
Can I enter more than one thing?
Can I enter a piece of artwork, handwork or other type of display?
Yes, but please be sure to contact us right away so that we can be sure we meet each other’s requirements. A holiday quilt and handcraft display graces the walls and halls each year as well!
Are the trees (or displays) for sale?
No, it is not the purpose of the Festival is to raise money by selling trees or other objects which remain on display all season. Certainly you may contact the owner or artisan outside of the Festival to inquire. Many craftspeople leave their business cards alongside their displays.
Will my visiting friends and family be able to see the Festival of Trees?
Absolutely! All are welcome to visit during regular library hours as well as the special Open House on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25 and our special evening events Festival Gala on Sat. Dec. 9 and the Solstice Soiree on Wed. Dec. 20 when the entire building will be lit solely by holiday lighting (no house lights allowed!).
I’m coming from out of town. What is the contact information for the Library?
The physical address of the James A. Tuttle Library is 45 Main Street, Antrim, NH 03440. The telephone number is 60-588-6786.
I’d like to help in some way. Whom do I contact?
We have lots of things we need help with! Please contact any committee member or send us an email at AntrimFOT@gmail.com.
We have an artificial tree that we don’t use anymore. Could you use it?
Yes! We have very limited storage space, but we always hear from people who’d like the use of a tree and perhaps we can match things up. Please contact us and we’ll try to work something out.
What is the cost of the Festival?
The Festival is free to all to participate in or visit. Proceeds from the annual quilt raffle, donations and any other pre-season initiatives are used to fund the Festival’s modest expenses. Financial Sponsorship and donations are are always appreciated.