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Festival of Trees - Updated 11/09

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Festival of Trees

Design Show | Tour of Homes | Morning with Santa | Sponsors | Display Hosts | Specials! 


The calendar soon turns over to November, drawing us nearer to the holidays and to help arouse the spirit of the season, Festival of Trees is back to provide fun for all ages. The 2010 Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation, will be November 11-13th with several returning favorite activities along with a new twist.


“Last year we announced we were transitioning our Festival of Trees to a biannual event and promised to come back with some new and fun twists and we have,” commented Susan Zulk, a FOT (Festival of Trees) committee member. “Our biggest change this year is location. Previously we used the Clay County Regional Events Center which was great. However, this year we wanted to try something new and partner with the business community for a little more exposure of what Spencer has to offer. Instead of the displays being in one location, many area businesses are either putting up their own display within their business or hosting a display created by a local organization or individual.”


“We really appreciate the enthusiasm of those participating and encourage everyone to make an effort to go see all the various displays,” commented Vanessa Moore, FOT committee member. “Look for more information to come on those various displays. And, if someone would still like to decorate a tree or create a table setting, we have businesses very willing to hosts displays so please give us a call.”


In addition to the festive displays, FOT events include the Holiday Design Show on Thursday evening, Nov. 11th, at Spencer Hospital; Morning with Santa on Saturday, Nov. 13th at Spencer Community Theatre, and the Tour of Homes, also on Saturday, Nov. 13th.
Proceeds from Festival events benefit the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation whose mission is to enhance healthcare services in our region. Our Festival funds focus on enhancing women’s health services.



Holiday Design Show


A “Holiday Design Show” is slated for Thursday evening, Nov. 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Spencer Hospital. Guests who would like to come early are invited to stop by the hospital’s Auxiliary Gift Shop which is having a holiday sale beginning at 5 p.m. The Gift Shop will be open during the Design Show and afterwards until 8 p.m…. or as long as shoppers require! 


“The Design Show promises to be a lot of fun,” commented Jeannette Hasley, who also is a FOT committee member. “We will have three Creation & Learning Stations where our guests can either create different holiday items which they then get to take home with them or learn more about how to make certain projects. The Creation Stations will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., then at 6:30 we will have two designers, Del’s Garden Center and Tori Rasmussen, each give demonstrations on how to create some wonderful holiday décor.”


Guests will enjoy festive appetizers while they mingle throughout the evening. Tickets for the Holiday Design Show are $15 each and are available in advance and at the door.

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Tour of Homes

The Holiday Tour of Homes is an extremely popular event. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. People will have the opportunity to enjoy a self-tour of five festively decorated homes in the Spencer area.


Tour will feature homes of:

  • Dr. Jason & Josie Hough
  • Rolf & Val Mosbo
  • Dr. Curt & Sam Geyer
  • Todd & Val Silliman
  • Dan & Kris Van Berkum

Tour tickets are $15 each in advance and are $20 if purchased at a home the day of the tour.

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Morning with Santa

Kids and parents alike enjoy "Morning with Santa" which will be held Saturday, November 13, from 9-11 a.m. at the newly renovated Spencer Community Theatre.


The event will feature several stations providing fun for the whole family, and, of course, the highlight of the morning is the visit with Santa. We encourage parents to bring their cameras to capture that moment when their child is visiting with Santa. In the past, we took and printed photos; however, we understand that many people prefer to have the photo captured on their own camera so they can make extra prints, e-mail to friends, or add to photo books.


A few of Santa’s elves will be on hand to help children with their craft project, provide each child with a temporary holiday tattoo, entertain at the North Pole Reading Corner, decorate cookies, and mix up some delicious Snowman Soup. The ticket price is $5 per child. Adult supervision is required (no charge to accompanying adults).


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Giant Redwood (Gift of $1000+)
Farmer’s Trust & Savings Bank
Midwest Radiology & Imaging P.C.

Spencer Daily Reporter & Shopper

KICD Radio Station - Saga Communications


Spruce (Gift of $500-$999)
US Bank & US Bank Private Client Group
Clay County Medical Association
JCL Solutions
NW IA Surgeons, PC
NW IA Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons
Community State Bank
John & Carole Lea Cotton
Van Hofwegen & Munter Family Dentistry
Northwest Bank

Spencer New Car Dealership Association


Pine (Gift of $250-$499)
Corn Belt Power
Arnold Motor Supply & The Merrill Company

Brad Kahley
DeLoss Construction Inc.
Northwest Iowa Urologists
Avera Spencer Family Care
State Bank
Winther, Stave & Co., LLP

Brad Kahley

Cedar (Gift of $150-$249)
Carey’s Electronics
Clay Agency Inc
Steffen Furniture
Drs. Fox, Boyd, Sailer & Shriver Dental Associates
Casey’s General Stores
Orthopaedics, P.C.
Spencer Municipal Utilities
Matt Furniture
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Insurance Associates of Spencer
Warner Funeral Home
Geyer & Binzer P.C.
Tecton Industries, Inc.
Christians Sheet Metal
Web Wireless, LLC
Tielbur Construction
Midstates Builders, Inc.
Brown Auction Co. - Ronnie & Gloria Brown


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Display Hosts

Festive holiday displays and Christmas trees will be located at various Spencer area businesses. Below is a complete list. Be sure while you visit them to sign up for a chance to win great prizes.


North Spencer

Giving Thanks … and Celebrating Christmas! 
HyVee Floral  - 819 Grand Ave.

HyVee Floral is overflowing with beautiful arrangements for Thanksgiving as well as ushering in the Christmas season! One special "Christmas Celebration" is on display especially for Festival of Trees. Also, HyVee Floral will be donating 10% of floral sales to Women's Health Services, the Festival of Trees' designated charity.

IGLLS: Growing up in Christ is Fun! 
Clay County Regional Events Center featuring Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School - 800 W. 18th St. - on the Clay County Fairgrounds

Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran Christian School offers a well-rounded Christian education in Spencer, Iowa, for students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Our goal is to develop the whole child -- spirit, mind, and body -- in a quality, Christ-centered, learning environment. The IGLLS tree is decorated in brilliant lime green and red colors, including glass balls which have been hand-painted by the students of IGLLS with scenes depicting their school, family and extra-curricular life. Nestled within the tree are a variety of items that lend themselves to a well-rounded education, including science, math and computer tools, Bibles, hymnals, books, and a variety of unique pieces from students signifying their involved in the world outside of IGLLS, including sports, music, art, band, dance, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and more.

Chocolately, Toasty Holidays 

Spencer Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop - 1200 First Ave. E. 

The warm, chocolately browns and cream colors of the Gift Shop's holiday dispays reminds one of hot chocolate and marshmallows.  The Gift Shop will be open during Thursday's Holiday Design Show from 5-8 p.m.

Spencer YMCA  

Community State Bank & Insurance - 1812 Highway Blvd. 
We are now the Y. Our mission is the same but our look has changed and so have our focus areas. We are focusing on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibilities.


Southpark Mall Participants 901 11th St. SW 

Frosty the Snowman 

Southpark Mall - front window of Food Court 
It's a winter wonderland at Southpark Mall and Frosty is in the front window to greet the many visitors who stop by during the Festival of Trees weekend for the Home & Holiday Show!

A Victorian Christmas 
Shout 4 Joy Christian Book Store 

Come celebrate the many joys of CHRISTmas!

Sparkling Diamonds! 
M. Martin Jewelers 

There are many ways to pop the question!

Pink Ribbon Reminders 

Curves - hosting Breast Cancer Awareness tree by Dawn Green 
This lovely pink ribbon tree serves as a reminder to be aware of signs of breast cancer and also to support friends and loved ones who have been diagnosed with this disease.

25 Years of Caring 

Southpark Mall hosting Hospice of Spencer Hospital 
Celebrating Hospice of Spencer Hospital's 25th anniversary of providing compassionate care to people in their final season of life.  Our Caring Tree campaign is also underway, providing a wonderful way for people to memorialize their loved one or honor a special caregiver.


South Spencer

Garden for Health 

Del's Garden Center - 1808 11th St. SE
Enter Del's Winter Wonderland and you'll find many lovely decorated trees; however, look carefully for the one specifically decorated for Festival of Trees which serves as a pretty reminder that fresh produce, fresh air and the exercise from gardening are great ways to improve your health!

The Gift of Christmas 

Matt Furniture - 8 11th St. SW Plaza
Family, friends, and the warm welcome of home! Festive with red, sparkle of crystal, the shine of silver … all neatly tied together … which gift is for me?

Home for the Holidays! 

Slumberland Furniture - 915 S. Grand Avenue
Slumberland has created a warm, cheerful setting with a festive decorated mantle and table setting

Downtown Spencer

Winter Wonderland!

US Bank  -126 Grand Ave. 

Welcome to our Winter Wonderland with sparkling, crisp white snowflakes, sleds, & Christmas cheer - a beautiful display with a tree decorated in white glitz and winter fun.

Country Christmas Porch 

Simply Imperfections - 217 Grand Avenue 
A step back in time with a wooden porch dressed with greens and holiday trims. You will be able to actually feel a warm winter welcome. Also, warm up with a latte or a mocha coffee drink on Friday and Saturday and Simple Imperfections will donate a portion of sales to Women's Health Services.

Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree 

Carey's Electronics - 220 Grand Avenue 
Enjoy the holiday season with the gift of music! Come see how you can be "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" this season!

An Antique Christmas 

Main Street Mall Antiques - 303 Grand Avenue 
The south window of Main Street Mall Antiques will be decorated with trees, ornaments and decorations of Christmas past.

The Magic of the Season 

The Hen House - 403 Grand Avenue 

The entire store will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland. Sample some of their wonderful mixes for easy, delicious holiday treats. Buy one of several select mixes and The Hen House will donate a portion of sales to Women's Health Services.


Pennies from Heaven

Nelson Jewelry - 409 Grand Avenue

The warm glow of copper makes this metal perfect for your Christmas decor. Stop by Nelson Jewelry to see how copper can warm up your holidays.


Be "Paws-itive!"  

Goal Kick - hosting Positively Spencer Youth - 411 Grand Ave.
Positively Spencer Youth and Goal Kick have teamed up to support the Spencer Tigers as we begin the holiday season.  Stop by the Goal Kick window on Grand Avenue to see the beautiful purple & gold holiday display, along with several Spencer Tiger items available for purchase.  Go Tigers!


A Home Crafted Christmas 

Arts on Grand - display by Laurie Sorrell  - 408 Grand Avenue
All the ornaments on this white Christmas tree are homemade by Laurie. She made the over 100 ornaments out of neon colored drinking straws.

An Artistic Forest 

Arts on Grand - 408 Grand Avenue
Joanne Schar has 2 trees on display - a wire tree made in Kenya with ornaments created in Africa, and a second tree with Wayne Smith carved ornaments and Delaney etched wood.

All That Glitters … Is Fun! 

BrendLee's Hallmark - 414 Grand Avenue 
BrendLee's has several lovely trees but look especially for the 6' tree potted in a ceramic urn, decked with red, lime green and emerald colored ornaments,  poinsettias, large glittery red and lime green balls, metal ornaments, glitter ball flower sprays are tucked into tree plus a large candy cane striped bow on top!


Sanity Sundays 

Brown's Shoe hosting Sanity Sundays Women's Bible Study Group - 415 Grand Avenue 
The lovely tree is decorated with lime green ribbons, the color signifying support for those with Nonhodgkins Lymphoma, in support of the group's dear friends the Drees family as they face one of God's most defined tests of faith. Keep the faith!

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! 

Steffen Furniture - 420 Grand Avenue 
Steffen Furniture is decking the store for Christmas! Come see their Festival display!

Peace on Earth 

Farmers Trust & Savings Bank - 125 W. Fourth St.
Tree display in front lobby as well as nativity scenes throughout the lobby to encourage "Peace on Earth."


Shayla Bee Crafty Christmas 

Shayla Bee Fund - located at Legends (Cabernet Catering) - 501 Grand Avenue 
This 7-foot white tree is decorated with Shayla Bee Fund items, photos and craft goods. Watch for the annual Shayla Bee craft & bake sale the first weekend of December.


Have a Heartfelt Holiday 

Hosted by Midwest Piano & Music Center - 501 Grand Avenue 
Planet Heart  of Spencer Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Services ushers in a new screening tool to determine your heart health. A gift certificate for  Planet Heart screening is one of the door prizes so be sure to visit the various locations and register to win!


Care You Trust. From People You Know.

Hosted by Radio Shack - 511 Grand Avenue

This isn't your typical Christmas tree yet familiar to many as Spencer Hospital's tree representing health, growth and vitality. Our professionals are proud to bring you Care You Can Trust - From People You Know.


Healthy Holidays Today & Tomorrow

JEL hosted by Diamond Vogel Paint - 514 Grand Avenue 
JEL - Just Eliminate Lies - was started by Iowa youth to fight the big tobacco industry with the goal of eliminating the lies the industry tells. Compass Pointe Behavior Health Services helped start our local chapter and provides supervision for this amazing teen chapter that grows each year.

A Bright (& Energy Efficient) Christmas! 

Spencer Municipal Utilities - 712 N. Grand Avenue
Spencer Municipal Utilities is leading the community in becoming more energy efficient. Our tree will feature items to make your home more energy efficient

HEADing into the Holidays with Glitz & Glamour 

Design Masters - 407 First Ave. E. 
Design Masters display is HEADing up the holidays with glitz & glamous hair designs styled just for you for the holiday season.

East Spencer

Caring for Christmas 

2nd Chances/CAASA - 517 6th Ave. E. 
2nd Chances supports CAASA  - Donated items adorn this holiday tree.
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Please visit these area businesses who will be holding specials from Nov. 11th - 13th!


HyVee Floral - 819 Grand Ave

10% of floral sales during Festival of Trees, Nov. 11-13th, will be donated to the Festival's goal of raising funds to support Women's Health Services


The Hen House - 403 Grand Ave

Stop by The Hen House Nov. 11-13 to sample the Craving a Cure dip mix and White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake (while supplies last). A donation from the sale of these mixes will be made to the Festival of Trees for Women's Health Services at Spencer Hospital.


Simple Imperfections - 217 Grand Avenue
Simple Inperfections will donate 50-cents from each latte and mocha coffee drink sold on Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13th to Spencer Hospital’s Women’s Health Center.


Nelson Jewelry - 409 Grand Avenue

Donate for a chance to win a sterling silver and gold pendant from Nelson Jewelry. Proceeds from the drawing will go to Women's Health Services.




Tickets for the 2010 Festival of Trees events are currently on sale at:

Del’s Garden Center, Design Masters, The Hen House, Farmer’s Bank, US Bank, Northwest Bank, and the Spencer Hospital Gift Shop.


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 Proceeds from Festival events benefit the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation whose mission is to enhance healthcare services in our region. Our Festival funds focus on enhancing women’s health services.




Last updated ( Wednesday, 10 November 2010 )

Susan Zulk
VP of Marketing & Fund Development
Spencer Hospital
1200 First Ave East
Spencer, Iowa 51301
(712) 264-6461

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