Feztival of Trees

Every year, the Anah Shriners, an organization best known for its colorful parades, the distinctive red fez and its national philanthropy designed to help children in need, puts on the Feztival of Trees, an event that recruits local organizations and businesses to donate fully decorated artificial trees for display.

 

This beautiful extravaganza has a minimal admission fee for adults (admission for children is free) and proceeds for the event benefit the Anah Shrine. Every year, raffle tickets are available for sale so viewers can enter their tickets in the hopes of winning a tree. The event also includes refreshments and food.

Bangor Federal has participated in the Feztival of Trees since 2016. Last year, the theme for our tree was “Coastal Christmas.” We decorated our tree with beautiful ornaments representative of Maine’s coast. This year, our theme is “Shop Local. Stay Local.” A very special thank you to the following businesses that were able make our tree possible. 

One Night Stay and Maine Gifts

Black Bear Inn Orono

Basket of Books

Briar Patch

$50 Gift Card and Products

Anthony John’s

Gift Basket

Willie Wags

Two Bottles of Wine and Accessories

Dragonfly Winery and Farm, LLC.

$25 Gift Card, Farm Bucket and Decoration

School House Antique Mall

Gift Basket

Central Street Farmhouse

$50 Gift Card and Gear

Pats Pizza Hampden

$50 Gift Card and Leather Wristlet

Valentine Footwear

$40 Gift Card and Maine Made Coffee/Tea and Spices

Tiller and Rye

$25 Gift Card and Maine Mugs

The Not So Empty Nest

Candle Basket

Colley Candles

Six Movie Passes

Spotlight Movie Cinemas

$50 Gift Card

Pepinos

Gift Basket

Specialty Sweets

Haircare Products

Miss Snippy’s Hair Salon

$25 Gift Card and Two Movie Passes

Bangor Cinemas

Two Tickets

Penobscot Theatre

$25 Gift Card

Miguel’s

$25 Gift Card

Frank’s Bakery

Two Free Sandwich Vouchers

Harvest Moon

Whoopie Pie Basket

Levant Corner Store


The event will also include plenty of food and refreshments. Here’s the schedule for this year’s Feztival of Trees:

Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Feztival of Trees began six years ago and has raised a significant amount for the Anah Shrine. Bangor Federal is proud to support the Anah Shriners, who fund a number of charity programs, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of pediatric specialty hospitals founded by the Shrine where children under the age of 18 receive excellent medical care; the Shrine Circus, where Shriners dress up as clowns to entertain attendees; and more.

Rachel Blaylock, Branch Manager of Hogan Road, comment, “For a couple of years the employees of Bangor Federal have heard the chatter and excitement from family and friends concerning the Shriner’s Festival of Trees. I immediately felt this was a community event that matches the values of Bangor Federal, local people helping each other. Besides the good the event funds bring; the event also helps kick off the Christmas season in the Bangor area. You can drive by at any time the event is happening to see lines of people waiting to get in to view the trees, spend their money on raffle tickets in hopes of winning the tree and prizes that come along. Once they leave the event they are filled with Christmas spirit, so they go shopping, out to dinner, to the movies supporting out local merchants. The theme this year, “Shop Local. Stay Local.” supports our local families and businesses which is what Credit Unions are all about.”

If you would like to learn more about the event or the Anah Shriners, visit their website at http://anahshriners.org/