PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Travel through time when "Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" opens at the Berkshire Museum on Friday, Nov. 22, with a Festive Preview Party.
The exhibit will be on view to the public from Saturday, Nov. 23, through Jan. 2. The 29th annual holiday event will feature more than 100 holiday trees decorated to express the nostalgia of years past, the excitement of today's hustle-bustle lifestyle and the endless possibilities of the future.
The Festival of Trees will feature creative holiday trees sponsored by businesses, schools and community organizations, all inspired by this year's theme of "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." The annual Festival of Trees is an important fundraiser for Berkshire Museum's education programs.
The theme is inspired by the celebration of the museum's 110th anniversary, marked by trees decorated to reflect the retro style of 1903, the creative energy of 2013 and the futuristic potential of 2123 – when the Museum will mark another 110 years.
Festive Preview Party: Friday, Nov. 22, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It’s a family friendly evening of fun, food and entertainment. Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for children. For museum members, $30 per adult and $15 per child. RSVP by Nov. 18: 413-443-7171, ext. 37, or email@example.com
Holiday Flash Mob Concerts: Saturdays and Sundays in December. While visiting the Festival of Trees, be prepared to encounter small groups of performers spontaneously breaking into song. At any time in any gallery you may enjoy a brief, delightful holiday concert featuring string quartets, carolers, or a mixture of both.
Pittsfield Tree Lighting Ceremony: Friday, Dec. 6, 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and music in the museum before the tree lighting in Pittsfield’s Park Square. The Taconic High School Honors Choir will perform traditional carols and holiday songs. There will be half-price admission from 5 to 8 p.m.
Festival of Trees Family Day: Saturday, Dec. 14. Bring the family to enjoy the sounds, sights, and tastes of the holiday season with a visit to Festival of Trees 2013: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow and a full day of family fun, from an exciting live animal show to cookie decorating to holiday tunes!
Animals Up Close: 11 a.m. Encounter the amazing animal ambassadors from the Granite State Zoo! From exotic lizards to beguiling marsupials, a number of special animal guests will make appearances in this up-close live animal show. $15 per adult, $8 per child. Museum members: $5 per adult, $3 per child, children 3 and younger free. Includes museum admission.
Cookie Decorating: Noon. This delicious twist on a Berkshire Museum tradition features artful and tasty cookie decoration. Cookies and supplies are complimentary. Supplies are limited; first-come, first-served.
Free with Museum Admission.
Blafield Children’s Chorus: 1:30 p.m. Enjoy the voices of the Blafield Children’s Chorus and Berkshire Singers performing holiday favorites. Free with Museum admission.