RIDGEFIELD, Conn. –The 18th biennial Tree Festival opens at Lounsbury House in Ridgefield with a champagne preview party on Thursday, Nov. 16, before opening to the public on Nov. 17.
The festival benefits the preservation and operation of historic Lounsbury House and features the Holiday Boutique, a carefully curated selection of unique gifts and holiday décor.
The Lounsbury House Women’s Committee invited seasoned professional and talented amateur designers from Fairfield County, Westchester County, and beyond to decorate trees. Each designer was provided with a tree ranging from four to six-and-a-half feet in height, but given carte blanche to trim their tree. A few designers opted to provide their own tree. Trees will wind through the rooms, hallways and grand staircase at Lounsbury House, transforming the landmark building into an elegant winter wonderland.
“Our Tree Festival shepherds in the holidays,” said Lounsbury House Executive Director Belinda Lasky. “But it’s also a celebration of the incredible talent and the spirit of whimsy that exists in this area. We’ve exhibited trees trimmed in traditional silver-and- old, and trees resembling the skirt of a ball gown. It’s exciting, inspiring, and – since each tree is for sale – an easy way to get your home ready for Christmas.”
The Holiday Boutique will run concurrent with the Tree Festival, November 17-19, and sell jewelry, home décor, objets d’art, and a host of other gift options. Women’s Committee president Jenn Kubick, along with Tiffany Brooks, Laura Brennan, Ann Sinnott, Jill Rae and the rest of the committee carefully selected items that would appeal to the taste of nearby residents.
Lounsbury House is located in the heart of downtown Ridgefield, at 316 Main St. Tree Festival and Holiday Boutique hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to the Festival are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children. Admission to the Champagne Preview Party on Thursday, November 16, is $50. All tickets may be purchased online at LounsburyHouse.org or by calling (203) 438-6962.
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