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Festival of Trees Premiere Party Slated

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Boys & Girls Club will host a Premiere Party for the 14th Annual Festival of Trees on Nov. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tower Square, 1500 Main St. The Premier Party is an invitation-only event, held to provide a sneak peek of the Festival of Trees for sponsors, VIPs, members of the media, and volunteers. In addition to great food – and the 142 spectacular trees – the event includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The official opening for this year’s Festival of Trees will take place in conjunction with the Parade of Big Balloons on Friday, Nov. 28 and will run through Dec.14. On Nov. 28, the Festival will open at 10 a.m. Visitors can purchase raffle tickets to win the trees, which includes everything on and under it. These items are often worth hundreds of dollars, and can include electronics, gift certificates and more. The winners will be chosen at the close of the Festival, just after 5 p.m. on Dec 14. Proceeds from Festival of Trees benefit the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, providing memberships, programs, enrichment activities, field trips, and other aspects of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club experience for 1,500 youths each year. Hours for the Festival of Trees are Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3p.m.; Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost for adults is $5, seniors are $4, and children 12 and under are free. Free parking is available in the Tower Square garage with admission. For more information about the Festival of Trees, visit www.sbgc.org or call (413) 785-5266.