Christmas is over a month away but the
holiday spirit has already in invaded the Museum of East Texas.
Preparations are already underway to
continue the 20 year tradition of Festival of Trees.
"It's been a great thing for the museum and
for the community and its gives so many people the opportunity to honor
someone," said Martha Chandler, Tree Decorator.
Last year 105 trees filled the museum halls and gallery and organizers
are expecting to top that number this year.
Epps and Martha Chandler say its takes about three weeks to get everything done.
"It's really a
feeling of accomplishment and pride because you've done something from your
heart," said Epps.
The duo has had a tree in the festival for three years a
tradition they've started in honor of Chandler's son who died in 2006.
"I became aware of
the trees and wanted to do something in his memory in honor of him," said
"I loved her son, its
gives me a feeling of pride that I've done something for her and for him," said
The team says they haven't finished creating the tree just
yet, but no matter the decorations love is always the theme.
"The first year we
did it, it was mostly a nature type theme and then last year we decided to
cover it in doves, white doves and that was beautiful," said Epps.
And once their tree is complete and festival of tree begins
they hope to give onlookers a glimpse of hard work straight from the heart.
"I truly hope that
when they look at our tree that they get a sense of inspiration," said Epps.
decorated tree is donated by a family or a local business , all to benefit
children with a love for art. The money raised from the festival goes towards
providing scholarships for art camps during the summer.
the next few weeks organizers and decorators will be putting the trees
Volunteers are more than welcome to
drop in and lend a hand.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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