Monday, November 5, 2018, DOVER, Ohio: It’s the recognized kickoff to the holiday season in the Tuscarawas Valley.
It also a very important project each year for the dedicated volunteers of the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Auxiliary.
It is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this year, too, making memories over the past 25 years.
“It,” of course, is the 25th Annual Union Hospital Auxiliary “Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival” scheduled from Nov. 10 (Saturday) through Nov. 18 (Sunday) at Warther’s Carvings Museum in Dover, located at 331 Karl Ave. Daily hours for the festival are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except on the festival’s final day on Nov. 18, when it closes at 5 p.m.
The admission price is only $5 for adults, while children younger than 12 are admitted for free. All tickets are sold at the door.
Connie Finton of New Philadelphia, the Auxiliary’s chair for the event and its original founder and organizer, said she is amazed that the Christmas Tree Festival continues to grow every year.
“I had hoped back when we started the festival that it would last for a few years and be successful, but it has surpassed anything I ever dreamed about it,” said Finton. “I can’t thank the community enough for all of its support. People come up to me all year long with ideas, remembering their favorite tree, and offering support. Thank you to everyone and we hope you will visit us this year to help us celebrate 25 years.”
The primary corporate sponsor of the event again this year is Huntington Bank, while the room sponsors include Dover Hydraulics Inc., Parkway Auto Group and WTUZ Radio.
The Christmas trees in the festival are all for sale, too, as are many wreaths, holiday arrangements and the entire lobby display during the festival inside Warther’s Carvings museum. Finton said that after the festival closes, the smaller trees and arrangements will be available for pickup by the buyer on Nov. 19 and 20, while the larger trees will be delivered to buyers on those same days.
In addition, tickets also are available for the festival “Preview Party” that will be held this Friday (Nov. 9) from 6 to 9 p.m. Those attending the Preview Party will receive a special ornament designed and handcrafted by Dan Warther (and sponsored by Toland-Herzig Funeral Home at Dover), have an opportunity to see the trees and participate in a fund-raising auction of specially prepared cutlery, jewelry and furniture. Tickets cost $75 each for the Preview Party and can be purchased on the Auxiliary page on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, in person at Pam’s Posies in downtown Dover or by calling 330.340.5611.
Finton said the festival’s success is a tribute to the hard work of the members of the Auxiliary, the support of the sponsors and the thousands of people who come to see the trees and purchase them.
“In addition to the many businesses, organizations and professionals who sponsor the Christmas trees, we are very grateful to the Huntington Bank, which again is our primary corporate sponsor, and our room sponsors which include Dover Hydraulics, Parkway Auto Group and WTUZ Radio,” Finton said.
Senior Day at the festival will be Nov. 12 (Monday) and is sponsored by The Inn at Northwood Village at Dover. Seniors ages 60 and over will be admitted at half price that day to enjoy the trees and refreshments.
The popular Children’s Tree Decorating Workshops will be held Nov. 17 (Saturday) with sessions scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Warther’s. The cost is $25 per child and the workshops are sponsored by Hawk Family Dental Care at New Philadelphia. Reservations for the tree decorating workshops are required and can be made by calling the Union Hospital Community Relations office at (330) 364-0884.
Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Festival are donated by the Auxiliary to Union Hospital for the purchase of patient care equipment and facility improvements. All proceeds from the festival and all Auxiliary projects and fund-raising programs stay at Union Hospital.
Information about Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital and all of its services available to the community is available on the hospital website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the hospital’s pages on Facebook and Twitter (@Union_Hospital).