Timbercrest hosts community for Festival of Trees

Bryana Escudero gets her face painted as part of Timbercrest's Festival of Trees on Saturday, Dec. 2. Photo by David Fenker

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- For the fifth consecutive year, Timbercrest Senior Living Community gave North Manchester a festive Christmas event with its annual Festival of Trees.

An estimated 1,000 people showed up to see the nearly 80 trees, as well as a handful of other events sprinkled throughout the Timbercrest campus.

“We were excited to see so many people taking advantage to come out and see the trees,” Timbercrest Community Relations Coordinator Carrie Vineyard said.

Among the activities for the day beyond the tour of trees were a bazaar with local vendors, including a number of Timbercrest residents, a visit with Santa Claus and face-painting.

Vineyard said she was happy with the turn-out at the bazaar, which was held in two locations, the chapel and the assembly room.

“We have a variety of businesses and groups selling different items,” she said. “It's fun to see people shopping for Christmas gifts. We heard a lot of comments that the bazaar is one of the favorite events on the day. We had a lot of success with it.”

Santa made an appearance and talked with over 400 children including toddlers and babies.

Timbercrest also had a drawing to give away two bicycles to children. The winners will be announced later this week on Timbercrest's Facebook page.

Kruger Doodles was also on hand for face-painting, which Vineyard said was a big it. “The lines were pretty long at times, but the children had fun with it,” she said.

Nearly 1,600 cookies were consumed along with over 40 gallons of hot cocoa at the cocoa bar, sponsored by The Paper of Wabash County.

“Our kitchen staff worked really hard to provide such a nice experience,” Vineyard said. “The cookies were made from scratch in our kitchen, which takes a lot of effort, along with their normal jobs. And the cocoa is not your average cocoa. It is so good, and I heard a lot of people commenting on how good it was.”

Animal-Grams featured reindeer for festival-goers to enjoy as well.

But the main event is always the trees lining the halls of Timbercrest.

Vineyard noted that it was nice to see so many regular sponsors of trees mixing it up with different looks to the trees.

“It made such a difference. It was good to see changes, and the residents really enjoy that,” she noted. “A lot of them have been a part of it every year, and it's fun for them to go around and see the different trees. We try to move them to different locations every year so the residents can see different trees each year.”

Ultimately, Christmas cheer is the goal for the Festival of Trees that continues for the Timbercrest residents longer than just the day of the festival.

“We have over 200 residents, and we appreciate the sponsors offering their time and resources, because Timbercrest is someone's home,” Vineyard said. “We love that we can bring a lot of Christmas spirit right to them from community members who are helping decorate their home.”

Posted on 2017 Dec 05