By Zirrus VanDevere, for the Redoubt Reporter
A number of nonprofits have worked toward getting the word out about their group’s efforts by volunteering to decorate Christmas trees at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center once again this year. Donned, “A Festival of Trees,” the jolly grouping of evergreens (or, everwhites, as the case may be) add a festive touch to the main hall and have a range of donated items adorning the trees and the spaces below.
Some of the trees use a silent auction to raise funds to split between the group and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, and others utilize a bucket auction where tickets are purchased for three bucks a pop.
During the busy festivities of Christmas Comes to Kenai, kids will get to purchase up to five tickets for a dollar each, giving them a good chance at a tree full of goodies.
The auction will close Saturday, Dec. 8, when representatives of each group will talk a little about what they are up to while everyone otherwise listens to live music and munches on Christmas cookies. The bidding will end at noon, and the winners will be announced. Trees are graciously delivered by Spenard Builder’s Supply a few days after the closing event.
The following are participants in this year’s auction: 4-H, American Legion George H. Plumley Memorial Unit No. 20, Kenai River Brown Bears, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Kenai Watershed Forum, Kenai Fine Arts Center, Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Matti’s Farm, Pi Chapter Beta Sigma Phi, Re-Group, Kenai Saturday Market and Skyview High School Swim Team.
Zirrus VanDevere is the exhibits and cultural coordinator at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. She has bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and education.