Sept. 9 event features trolley tour & fun for the whole family!
The Methuen Festival of Trees Inc., has announced plans to host a Community Celebration as part of the festival’s 30th anniversary. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11am-3pm on the grounds of the Methuen Museum of History, 37 Pleasant St.
“Thirty years ago, a small group of volunteers hosted the first Festival of Trees at the Nevins Memorial Library to raise funds to save Methuen’s historic Tenney Gate House. At that time, the building was boarded up and structurally threatened,” said Festival Board President Tom Lussier. “Thirty years later, the historic Gate House is home to the Methuen Museum of History, and the Festival has invested more than $2 million in historic preservation projects,” he added.
To highlight the history of the Festival of Trees and to express appreciation to the countless organizations and individuals who have supported the festival over all these years, the Board of Directors is inviting donors, volunteers and the community at large to visit the Community Celebration.
According to the Board of Directors, the event will include something for everyone! If you’re interested in history, there will be guided tours of the Museum and a brief trolley tour of other historic properties that have benefited from the support of the Festival of Trees. For children, there will be games, a fantastic bouncy house, and complimentary popcorn and cotton candy. The first 500 children will receive a fun souvenir of the festival’s 30th Anniversary. In addition, there will be entertainment and a variety of food options available for purchase.
“What began as a small community event to help save one Methuen historic treasure has grown into Methuen’s most significant holiday event – drawing upwards to 30,000 visitors to ‘Share the Magic’ of the magnificent trees,” said festival founder Sharon M. Pollard. “In addition to bringing the joy of the holiday season to thousands of guests each year, the Festival has partnered with over 30 organizations in more than 20 communities to invest more than $2 million is significant historic preservation projects.”
The 30th annual Festival of Trees will take place from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2 at 13 Branch St.