Trees Go Up For NBSP Festival

Trees Go Up For NBSP Festival

PARK RANGER Matthew Jackson watches as Linda Baron places ornaments on the Natural Bridge Garden Club tree for the Natural Bridge State Park’s annual Festival of Trees.

Trees Go Up For NBSP Festival

NATURAL BRIDGE Garden Club members Irene Condie and Linda Baron decorate the club’s tree at the Natural Bridge State Park visitor center. The Festival of Trees runs from this Friday through the end of December, with the winners determined by the number of donations left at the individual trees for Project Horizon.

The Natural Bridge Garden Club is one of several area organizations decorating Christmas trees for the fifth annual Festival of Trees event at the Natural Bridge State Park’s visitor center.

Trees will be on display Nov. 27 through the entire month of December from 9 a.m. to dusk.

Admission is free to the public, although visitors are encouraged to bring an unwrapped donation of practical items to support Project Horizon, a local nonprofit aimed at preventing domestic violence and sexual assault.

Trees that attract the most “gifts” will be recognized as first-, second- and third-place winners in a friendly competition among area groups that want to bring the seasonal holiday spirit back to Rockbridge County.

Among the most urgently needed donations are toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, light bulbs, pillows, diapers, deodorant (men’s and women’s), toothpaste (full and travel size), body/baby lotion, towels, bed sheets (twin and full size), plastic mattress covers (twin and full size), sponges, gas gift cards/certificates, and gift cards/certificates from Walmart, Kroger, Food Lion, Goodwill and other local merchants.

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