The Embassy Theatre issued this news release today:
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Nov.26 , 2019) -- Festival of Trees is one of the region’s most anticipated holiday traditions and is being held this year from Nov. 27-Dec. 4. Back by popular demand, the festival includes a Thanksgiving Day screening of the classic holiday movie “White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.
Lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel are transformed into a wonderland of decorated trees under the theme of Holiday Memories. This year marks the festival’s 35th celebration. Guests will tour the Embassy as they view 60 decorated trees as well as holiday windows featuring decorations and animated figurines from Wolf & Dessauer. Admission to the Festival includes a visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus and festive entertainment on the theater stage, including performances featuring the Grande Page Pipe Organ as well as community choirs and dance troupes.
Local judges annually select tree winners the day before the Festival begins. This afternoon, the following judges walked the Festival and selected winners: John O’Connell, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Purdue Fort Wayne; Matt McClure, Artlink; Terence Bartholomew, s’ Wonderful Interiors.
- First Place Overall: Tree #5 – Remember When… Sponsored by: Hallmark Home Mortgage – Decorated by: Bruce Ewing Landscaping
- Second Place Overall: Tree #42 – Christmas Mischief Sponsored by: Welch’s Ale House/After Dark Nightclub – Decorated by: Scott Miller and Matt Gallaway
- Third Place Overall: Tree #20 – Be The Gift Of Christmas 365 Day A Year Sponsored by: WFWA PBS39 – Decorated by: Lisa Rysiawa
- Honorable Mention Overall: Tree #28 – Candy Land Christmas Sponsored by: Anonymous – Decorated by: Leah Schoenle
- Best Use of Festival Theme: Tree #5 - Remember When… Sponsored by: Hallmark Home Mortgage – Decorated by: Bruce Ewing Landscaping
- Best Tree Topper: Tree #39 – Broadway At The Embassy Sponsored by: Broadway At The Embassy – Decorated by: Bret Wilson, Jessica Koehneke, Tracy Clark
- Best Ornamentation: Tree # 57 – A Beary Merry Christmas Sponsored by: Vera Bradley – Decorated by: Vera Bradley
The People’s Choice Awards are very popular and will be selected by attendees of the Festival. Both People’s Choice and raffle winners will be selected and announced on Thursday, December 5.