BY MARILYN CORNWELL

The Rotary Club of Grimsby has been organizing the Fantasy of Trees for 19 years. Each year, free of charge, several thousand adults and children enjoy the glorious, twinkling display at the Grimsby Museum, located at 6 Murray Street for two weeks. This is my year to be the Chair of the Committee.

This year, the event runs from Friday, November 23rd to Sunday, December 9th. Come on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-3pm to visit Santa at the Museum.

This is a community event and many hands come together to make it happen. Organizations and individuals sponsor and decorate trees, wreaths and urns. Decorating day is great fun, as teams assemble their wonderful designs. Some decorators start planning their tree a year in advance. There’s no doubt that decorators compete for the favorite tree.

The money raised goes to local charities. Last year $17,000 was raised and this year, twelve charities will share the proceeds from the raffle. The raffle includes more than 40 trees, wreaths, urns and more. The winners are drawn at the end of the event, with the trees, decorations and everything around the tree going to the winner. In addition to the raffle, there are items for Silent Auction. This is a Rotary Service Project for the local community. Key sponsors for 2018 include our lead sponsor Grimsby Hyundai, the Celebration Evening sponsor Meridian and the Santa Day sponsor Sharon Rizutto IPC Securities.

There are many participants in the Fantasy of Trees. Sponsors are central to its success, they cover the cost of the trees, wreaths and urns at a reasonable cost. They donate items for the raffle and silent auction. Decorators have a lot of fun designing and creating their themed trees. Volunteers during the event get to visit with friends and neighbours attending and when it’s over, 12 Charities share the proceeds from the raffle.

We hope you will be part of a continuing family tradition of visiting the Fantasy of Trees. Bring your friends along for a great Festival experience. For more information, please visit www.fantasyoftrees.ca.