Saturday, December 1, 2012

Round Lake Festival of Trees

 Last night, I popped into the first ever Round Lake Festival of Trees. This historic village located between Albany, NY, and Saratoga Springs has an active group, the Women's Round Lake Improvement Society (W.R.L.I.S.) which is sponsoring the event. Proceeds will go toward the library and other Round Lake community events.
 In addition to decorated trees, holiday cookies were offered for sale. Visitors were given a bakery box and "cookie elves", like this nice lady, below, helped fill the boxes with assorted treats, at $8.00 a pound.
 I snapped a few photos for this blog before being chided by one lady that I wasn't to do that. The designers, she said, wanted to protect their work. Bah, humbug. I explained that I wished to write about the event for my local blog, but she was firm.  I hope the W.R.L.I.S. ladies re-think that policy for next year. Getting decorating ideas and inspiration is a chief reason why folks go to events like this.
 This sparsely decorated silver tree, above, appealed to me. In my own back yard, families of cardinals abound and sometimes in winter, we see scenes quite like this.
I also liked this simple, traditional idea: old-fashioned paper chains, but made of sheet music rather than construction paper. Sweet.

The Round Lake Festival of Trees and cookie sale continues today, Saturday, December 1, from noon to 8:00 pm, and on Sunday, December 2, from 1:00 to 5:00. Most of the trees, wreaths, and center pieces are for sale. The event is set up in the Round Lake Community Room at 49 Burlington Ave. The room is handicapped accessible. Admission is $5.00. Round Lake is located off  the Northway at exit 11.