Christmas Tree Festival returns to Madawaska

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Daughters of Isabella Circle 546 are at it again this holiday season with their second annual Christmas Tree Festival to take place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the KC Hall in Madawaska where proceeds from the event will go to various projects the group does throughout the year. 

The event has already surpassed the previous year with more than double the number of trees already committed to the event, bringing it up to 30. Three families and several area businesses have signed up to set up and fully decorate their trees, with folks having an opportunity to buy raffle tickets on their favorite ones. Some trees include gift cards, prizes or even baked goodies. Winners get to take home whatever tree they win with everything on it.

The Daughters of Isabella is a non-profit Catholic group of women, who “do good things throughout the community,” according to Deadra Schlicher, the local chapter’s chairwoman. 

The women will use proceeds from the fundraiser to make care packages for cancer patients, Christmas stockings for nursing home residents, safe bags to give to women and children who are leaving their homes to go to a battered women’s shelter, and funding scholarships for high school seniors.

Aside from a chance to view and enter to win one of the decorated and flourishing trees, there will also be a half and half drawing, a chance to win a pre-stuffed child’s stocking, a bake sale, and this year, a coloring contest.

“We’ll be having a coloring contest, one for ages 3 to 7, and another for 8 to 12. The winners of those will win beautiful books from the St Thomas Gift Shop,” Schlicher said. 

The event will also have Santa and Mrs Claus at noon on Saturday. During that time, they will be selling chicken stew and buns for $6 for an adult and $4 for a child.

Tickets to enter the tree drawings are 10 for $5 and the event will take place Nov. 29 – Dec. 1. 

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