Top decorators take a bough for charity

November 22, 1994|By Lisa Wiseman | Lisa Wiseman,Contributing Writer

The Cow Palace at the Timonium Fairgrounds has never been a "winter wonderland." Usually, the barn is reserved for 4-H exhibits, craft fairs and the occasional RV or boat show. But starting tomorrow and continuing through Sunday, it will be decked out as the North Pole for the fifth annual "Festival of Trees."

The Festival is the Kennedy Krieger Institute's largest fund-raiser of the year. The Baltimore institute serves the needs of children with brain disorders such as cerebral palsy and mental retardation. "The money from this event will help us provide more services to many more children," says Roni Gross, a spokeswoman for Kennedy Krieger.

More than 100 trees and wreaths decorated by local designers will fill the Cow Palace. Sights include twinkling lights and shining holiday ornaments along with the smell of fresh pine. (We're talking the real thing, here -- not that "Pine-Tree-in-a-Can" stuff.)

Other highlights at this year's festival include candy-making demonstrations, a village of gingerbread houses, holiday shops and crafts exhibits, as well as musical performances by the Handel Choir, the Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Saxophone Quintet.

A children's section will include a miniature golf course, a carousel, a craft area, train rides and the dinosaur roller coaster.

And this year, Santa goes high-tech. The reindeer will get to rest because Santa is scheduled to arrive at the festival Friday at 10:20 a.m. in a helicopter.

Keeping up with today's technological advances, any child not able to speak with Santa personally will be able to reach the big guy via fax. Maybe next year Santa will get an e-mail address.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

Where: Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road

When: Tomorrow to Sunday

Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12

Call for times: (410) 550-9793

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