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Morning News â€” Melanie Moore
Past chairperson of the Christmas Tree Fantasy Board Linda Seward, who now chairs the gift boutique, shows off some of the items that will be for sale at the Fantasy next week alongside current chairperson Susan Nalley. The Christmas Tree Fantasy begins Nov. 30 with a tea. The tree room will be open Dec. 1-4.
Christmas Tree Fantasy begins Tuesday
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” The 32nd annual Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy officially begins Wednesday, but a special preview of the trees is available for those who attend the Holiday Tea on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Tickets for the tea are on sale for $15 which covers the food served at the tea and a sneak peak at the boutique. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from Jacque Burt at 684-3302.
Beginning Wednesday at the Shilling House Reception Center, 214 S. University, the fantasy will be open to the public to enjoy a stroll through the tree room where uniquely decorated trees adorn a circular pathway of Christmas wonder and beauty. The theme this year is "Unwrap the Magic."
The Fantasy also features a gift boutique where handmade decorative and gift items abound, and delicious treats are sold in the Sweet Shoppe. Meals prepared by the Shilling House will be available for sale throughout the week in the Country Kitchen.
In addition to having breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m., Santa Claus will be visiting the Fantasy from time to time to talk to all the good little girls and boys. Tickets for Santaâ€™s breakfast are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or purchased from Burt at 684-3302.
There will also be a giving tree sponsored by Zionâ€™s Bank and a large basket of items donated by Bingham County businesses will be presented to a lucky raffle winner. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.
The highlight of the Fantasy is the auction on Thursday at 7 p.m. where the decorated trees will be sold to the highest bidder.
The Christmas Tree Fantasy gives members of the community an opportunity to showcase their talents by entertaining throughout the day and in creating beautiful trees, crafts and sweets.
The initial Christmas Tree Fantasy was held to raise money for equipment at Bingham Memorial Hospital. Today, the Fantasy supports numerous Bingham County non-profit organizations. The money raised is divided among Bingham County organizations that submit applications each year indicating where the money would be spent.
Over the years, thousands of dollars have been given to worthwhile causes in the community including the hospital, senior citizen centers, Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency, Bingham Crisis Center and Dawn Enterprisesâ€”to name a few.
The Christmas Tree Fantasy Board cannot express enough its appreciation to the community for their support and participation. â€śBingham County is a great place to live and we are thankful to the people living here who are so generous and willing to give of themselves to help others," said board chairman Susan Nalley.