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Saratoga’s Festival of Trees provides many benefits

Ella Marie Hayes
Saratoga, Wyo.

"Cobweb Christmas," inspired by the children's book of the same name which tells the story of how Christmas tinsel came to be, was donated by the Saratoga 6th graders, and Saratoga PTO. This dual tree entry received the most votes by viewers as the favorite donation.

The eighth Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees Gala on Friday, December 3, 2010 not only provided a kick-off for the holiday season allowing viewers to enjoy the lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces, wreaths, and creative ideas, but the proceeds were designated for a community organization that does services behind the scenes. The 39 creations donated by individuals, groups, and businesses were also displayed at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for the public to enjoy before the benefit Gala which included appetizers and auction.

The evening’s Gala festivities brought over $9,000. This year’s non-profit recipient was the Platte Valley Legacy Foundation, a hometown endeavor that currently gives out annual scholarships, but eventually wants to add things like micro-business loans and help with community projects.

“Trout Temptation” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitting including a table-top tree decorated with fishing line and lures along-side a fly fishing rod and reel, and a variety of other gear brought the highest bid. “Christmas Cheer” donated by Gary and Tina Francis, featuring a wine cabinet made by Gary and containing several bottles of wine and goblets, earned the second highest bid.

Another popular item, “Best Gift Ever … Time with Each Other,” was an antique suitcase packed with goblets, candle, and velvet Christmas socks, plus a gift certificate for a night at the historic Elk Mountain Hotel.

Several gift packages were loaded with a variety of snacks, beverages, and festive serving items; or a collection of local products; while another basket featured a guided snowmobile trip for two along with clothing accessories. Another favorite gift basket, “Joe” Time Christmas was filled with numerous University of Wyoming items, and a hand-made fleece blanket sporting the “Cowboy Joe” logo.

A variety of wreaths ranged from rustic Western themes to an elegant wreath covered with colorful roses and other floral items. Christmas trees varied from fresh cut to artificial trees, but the two most unique proved to be one called “Holiday Feathers,” created with white feathers, and another labeled “We, The ‘Tree’ple” made with dollar bills (of uncertain denominations) and coins.

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Saratoga High School FFA and Industrial Technology students also contributed some of their handiwork with two tables, “Made in Wyoming,” and “Moose-tacular.” The first was engraved with the Wyoming bucking horse logo and accompanied with matching black metal logo wall art. A coffee table engraved with a moose in each corner also included a separate bread board with a moose design.

The Saratoga 6th graders’ (along with the PTO) won the “favorite entry” vote by viewers for the dual tree entry, “Cobweb Christmas,” inspired by the children’s book of the same name, which tells the “Legend of Tinsel.” A gift basket filled with popcorn balls was also included in this entry.

The many lovely donations will provide much enjoyment for those who purchased them, as well as inspiration for decorating and gift ideas for those in attendance.

Van and I would like to share these pictures as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers.

The eighth Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees Gala on Friday, December 3, 2010 not only provided a kick-off for the holiday season allowing viewers to enjoy the lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces, wreaths, and creative ideas, but the proceeds were designated for a community organization that does services behind the scenes. The 39 creations donated by individuals, groups, and businesses were also displayed at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for the public to enjoy before the benefit Gala which included appetizers and auction.

The evening’s Gala festivities brought over $9,000. This year’s non-profit recipient was the Platte Valley Legacy Foundation, a hometown endeavor that currently gives out annual scholarships, but eventually wants to add things like micro-business loans and help with community projects.

“Trout Temptation” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitting including a table-top tree decorated with fishing line and lures along-side a fly fishing rod and reel, and a variety of other gear brought the highest bid. “Christmas Cheer” donated by Gary and Tina Francis, featuring a wine cabinet made by Gary and containing several bottles of wine and goblets, earned the second highest bid.

Another popular item, “Best Gift Ever … Time with Each Other,” was an antique suitcase packed with goblets, candle, and velvet Christmas socks, plus a gift certificate for a night at the historic Elk Mountain Hotel.

Several gift packages were loaded with a variety of snacks, beverages, and festive serving items; or a collection of local products; while another basket featured a guided snowmobile trip for two along with clothing accessories. Another favorite gift basket, “Joe” Time Christmas was filled with numerous University of Wyoming items, and a hand-made fleece blanket sporting the “Cowboy Joe” logo.

A variety of wreaths ranged from rustic Western themes to an elegant wreath covered with colorful roses and other floral items. Christmas trees varied from fresh cut to artificial trees, but the two most unique proved to be one called “Holiday Feathers,” created with white feathers, and another labeled “We, The ‘Tree’ple” made with dollar bills (of uncertain denominations) and coins.

Saratoga High School FFA and Industrial Technology students also contributed some of their handiwork with two tables, “Made in Wyoming,” and “Moose-tacular.” The first was engraved with the Wyoming bucking horse logo and accompanied with matching black metal logo wall art. A coffee table engraved with a moose in each corner also included a separate bread board with a moose design.

The Saratoga 6th graders’ (along with the PTO) won the “favorite entry” vote by viewers for the dual tree entry, “Cobweb Christmas,” inspired by the children’s book of the same name, which tells the “Legend of Tinsel.” A gift basket filled with popcorn balls was also included in this entry.

The many lovely donations will provide much enjoyment for those who purchased them, as well as inspiration for decorating and gift ideas for those in attendance.

Van and I would like to share these pictures as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers.

The eighth Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees Gala on Friday, December 3, 2010 not only provided a kick-off for the holiday season allowing viewers to enjoy the lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces, wreaths, and creative ideas, but the proceeds were designated for a community organization that does services behind the scenes. The 39 creations donated by individuals, groups, and businesses were also displayed at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for the public to enjoy before the benefit Gala which included appetizers and auction.

The evening’s Gala festivities brought over $9,000. This year’s non-profit recipient was the Platte Valley Legacy Foundation, a hometown endeavor that currently gives out annual scholarships, but eventually wants to add things like micro-business loans and help with community projects.

“Trout Temptation” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitting including a table-top tree decorated with fishing line and lures along-side a fly fishing rod and reel, and a variety of other gear brought the highest bid. “Christmas Cheer” donated by Gary and Tina Francis, featuring a wine cabinet made by Gary and containing several bottles of wine and goblets, earned the second highest bid.

Another popular item, “Best Gift Ever … Time with Each Other,” was an antique suitcase packed with goblets, candle, and velvet Christmas socks, plus a gift certificate for a night at the historic Elk Mountain Hotel.

Several gift packages were loaded with a variety of snacks, beverages, and festive serving items; or a collection of local products; while another basket featured a guided snowmobile trip for two along with clothing accessories. Another favorite gift basket, “Joe” Time Christmas was filled with numerous University of Wyoming items, and a hand-made fleece blanket sporting the “Cowboy Joe” logo.

A variety of wreaths ranged from rustic Western themes to an elegant wreath covered with colorful roses and other floral items. Christmas trees varied from fresh cut to artificial trees, but the two most unique proved to be one called “Holiday Feathers,” created with white feathers, and another labeled “We, The ‘Tree’ple” made with dollar bills (of uncertain denominations) and coins.

Saratoga High School FFA and Industrial Technology students also contributed some of their handiwork with two tables, “Made in Wyoming,” and “Moose-tacular.” The first was engraved with the Wyoming bucking horse logo and accompanied with matching black metal logo wall art. A coffee table engraved with a moose in each corner also included a separate bread board with a moose design.

The Saratoga 6th graders’ (along with the PTO) won the “favorite entry” vote by viewers for the dual tree entry, “Cobweb Christmas,” inspired by the children’s book of the same name, which tells the “Legend of Tinsel.” A gift basket filled with popcorn balls was also included in this entry.

The many lovely donations will provide much enjoyment for those who purchased them, as well as inspiration for decorating and gift ideas for those in attendance.

Van and I would like to share these pictures as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers.

The eighth Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees Gala on Friday, December 3, 2010 not only provided a kick-off for the holiday season allowing viewers to enjoy the lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces, wreaths, and creative ideas, but the proceeds were designated for a community organization that does services behind the scenes. The 39 creations donated by individuals, groups, and businesses were also displayed at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for the public to enjoy before the benefit Gala which included appetizers and auction.

The evening’s Gala festivities brought over $9,000. This year’s non-profit recipient was the Platte Valley Legacy Foundation, a hometown endeavor that currently gives out annual scholarships, but eventually wants to add things like micro-business loans and help with community projects.

“Trout Temptation” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitting including a table-top tree decorated with fishing line and lures along-side a fly fishing rod and reel, and a variety of other gear brought the highest bid. “Christmas Cheer” donated by Gary and Tina Francis, featuring a wine cabinet made by Gary and containing several bottles of wine and goblets, earned the second highest bid.

Another popular item, “Best Gift Ever … Time with Each Other,” was an antique suitcase packed with goblets, candle, and velvet Christmas socks, plus a gift certificate for a night at the historic Elk Mountain Hotel.

Several gift packages were loaded with a variety of snacks, beverages, and festive serving items; or a collection of local products; while another basket featured a guided snowmobile trip for two along with clothing accessories. Another favorite gift basket, “Joe” Time Christmas was filled with numerous University of Wyoming items, and a hand-made fleece blanket sporting the “Cowboy Joe” logo.

A variety of wreaths ranged from rustic Western themes to an elegant wreath covered with colorful roses and other floral items. Christmas trees varied from fresh cut to artificial trees, but the two most unique proved to be one called “Holiday Feathers,” created with white feathers, and another labeled “We, The ‘Tree’ple” made with dollar bills (of uncertain denominations) and coins.

Saratoga High School FFA and Industrial Technology students also contributed some of their handiwork with two tables, “Made in Wyoming,” and “Moose-tacular.” The first was engraved with the Wyoming bucking horse logo and accompanied with matching black metal logo wall art. A coffee table engraved with a moose in each corner also included a separate bread board with a moose design.

The Saratoga 6th graders’ (along with the PTO) won the “favorite entry” vote by viewers for the dual tree entry, “Cobweb Christmas,” inspired by the children’s book of the same name, which tells the “Legend of Tinsel.” A gift basket filled with popcorn balls was also included in this entry.

The many lovely donations will provide much enjoyment for those who purchased them, as well as inspiration for decorating and gift ideas for those in attendance.

Van and I would like to share these pictures as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers.

The eighth Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees Gala on Friday, December 3, 2010 not only provided a kick-off for the holiday season allowing viewers to enjoy the lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces, wreaths, and creative ideas, but the proceeds were designated for a community organization that does services behind the scenes. The 39 creations donated by individuals, groups, and businesses were also displayed at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for the public to enjoy before the benefit Gala which included appetizers and auction.

The evening’s Gala festivities brought over $9,000. This year’s non-profit recipient was the Platte Valley Legacy Foundation, a hometown endeavor that currently gives out annual scholarships, but eventually wants to add things like micro-business loans and help with community projects.

“Trout Temptation” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitting including a table-top tree decorated with fishing line and lures along-side a fly fishing rod and reel, and a variety of other gear brought the highest bid. “Christmas Cheer” donated by Gary and Tina Francis, featuring a wine cabinet made by Gary and containing several bottles of wine and goblets, earned the second highest bid.

Another popular item, “Best Gift Ever … Time with Each Other,” was an antique suitcase packed with goblets, candle, and velvet Christmas socks, plus a gift certificate for a night at the historic Elk Mountain Hotel.

Several gift packages were loaded with a variety of snacks, beverages, and festive serving items; or a collection of local products; while another basket featured a guided snowmobile trip for two along with clothing accessories. Another favorite gift basket, “Joe” Time Christmas was filled with numerous University of Wyoming items, and a hand-made fleece blanket sporting the “Cowboy Joe” logo.

A variety of wreaths ranged from rustic Western themes to an elegant wreath covered with colorful roses and other floral items. Christmas trees varied from fresh cut to artificial trees, but the two most unique proved to be one called “Holiday Feathers,” created with white feathers, and another labeled “We, The ‘Tree’ple” made with dollar bills (of uncertain denominations) and coins.

Saratoga High School FFA and Industrial Technology students also contributed some of their handiwork with two tables, “Made in Wyoming,” and “Moose-tacular.” The first was engraved with the Wyoming bucking horse logo and accompanied with matching black metal logo wall art. A coffee table engraved with a moose in each corner also included a separate bread board with a moose design.

The Saratoga 6th graders’ (along with the PTO) won the “favorite entry” vote by viewers for the dual tree entry, “Cobweb Christmas,” inspired by the children’s book of the same name, which tells the “Legend of Tinsel.” A gift basket filled with popcorn balls was also included in this entry.

The many lovely donations will provide much enjoyment for those who purchased them, as well as inspiration for decorating and gift ideas for those in attendance.

Van and I would like to share these pictures as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers.

The eighth Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees Gala on Friday, December 3, 2010 not only provided a kick-off for the holiday season allowing viewers to enjoy the lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces, wreaths, and creative ideas, but the proceeds were designated for a community organization that does services behind the scenes. The 39 creations donated by individuals, groups, and businesses were also displayed at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for the public to enjoy before the benefit Gala which included appetizers and auction.

The evening’s Gala festivities brought over $9,000. This year’s non-profit recipient was the Platte Valley Legacy Foundation, a hometown endeavor that currently gives out annual scholarships, but eventually wants to add things like micro-business loans and help with community projects.

“Trout Temptation” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitting including a table-top tree decorated with fishing line and lures along-side a fly fishing rod and reel, and a variety of other gear brought the highest bid. “Christmas Cheer” donated by Gary and Tina Francis, featuring a wine cabinet made by Gary and containing several bottles of wine and goblets, earned the second highest bid.

Another popular item, “Best Gift Ever … Time with Each Other,” was an antique suitcase packed with goblets, candle, and velvet Christmas socks, plus a gift certificate for a night at the historic Elk Mountain Hotel.

Several gift packages were loaded with a variety of snacks, beverages, and festive serving items; or a collection of local products; while another basket featured a guided snowmobile trip for two along with clothing accessories. Another favorite gift basket, “Joe” Time Christmas was filled with numerous University of Wyoming items, and a hand-made fleece blanket sporting the “Cowboy Joe” logo.

A variety of wreaths ranged from rustic Western themes to an elegant wreath covered with colorful roses and other floral items. Christmas trees varied from fresh cut to artificial trees, but the two most unique proved to be one called “Holiday Feathers,” created with white feathers, and another labeled “We, The ‘Tree’ple” made with dollar bills (of uncertain denominations) and coins.

Saratoga High School FFA and Industrial Technology students also contributed some of their handiwork with two tables, “Made in Wyoming,” and “Moose-tacular.” The first was engraved with the Wyoming bucking horse logo and accompanied with matching black metal logo wall art. A coffee table engraved with a moose in each corner also included a separate bread board with a moose design.

The Saratoga 6th graders’ (along with the PTO) won the “favorite entry” vote by viewers for the dual tree entry, “Cobweb Christmas,” inspired by the children’s book of the same name, which tells the “Legend of Tinsel.” A gift basket filled with popcorn balls was also included in this entry.

The many lovely donations will provide much enjoyment for those who purchased them, as well as inspiration for decorating and gift ideas for those in attendance.

Van and I would like to share these pictures as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers.

The eighth Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees Gala on Friday, December 3, 2010 not only provided a kick-off for the holiday season allowing viewers to enjoy the lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces, wreaths, and creative ideas, but the proceeds were designated for a community organization that does services behind the scenes. The 39 creations donated by individuals, groups, and businesses were also displayed at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday for the public to enjoy before the benefit Gala which included appetizers and auction.

The evening’s Gala festivities brought over $9,000. This year’s non-profit recipient was the Platte Valley Legacy Foundation, a hometown endeavor that currently gives out annual scholarships, but eventually wants to add things like micro-business loans and help with community projects.

“Trout Temptation” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitting including a table-top tree decorated with fishing line and lures along-side a fly fishing rod and reel, and a variety of other gear brought the highest bid. “Christmas Cheer” donated by Gary and Tina Francis, featuring a wine cabinet made by Gary and containing several bottles of wine and goblets, earned the second highest bid.

Another popular item, “Best Gift Ever … Time with Each Other,” was an antique suitcase packed with goblets, candle, and velvet Christmas socks, plus a gift certificate for a night at the historic Elk Mountain Hotel.

Several gift packages were loaded with a variety of snacks, beverages, and festive serving items; or a collection of local products; while another basket featured a guided snowmobile trip for two along with clothing accessories. Another favorite gift basket, “Joe” Time Christmas was filled with numerous University of Wyoming items, and a hand-made fleece blanket sporting the “Cowboy Joe” logo.

A variety of wreaths ranged from rustic Western themes to an elegant wreath covered with colorful roses and other floral items. Christmas trees varied from fresh cut to artificial trees, but the two most unique proved to be one called “Holiday Feathers,” created with white feathers, and another labeled “We, The ‘Tree’ple” made with dollar bills (of uncertain denominations) and coins.

Saratoga High School FFA and Industrial Technology students also contributed some of their handiwork with two tables, “Made in Wyoming,” and “Moose-tacular.” The first was engraved with the Wyoming bucking horse logo and accompanied with matching black metal logo wall art. A coffee table engraved with a moose in each corner also included a separate bread board with a moose design.

The Saratoga 6th graders’ (along with the PTO) won the “favorite entry” vote by viewers for the dual tree entry, “Cobweb Christmas,” inspired by the children’s book of the same name, which tells the “Legend of Tinsel.” A gift basket filled with popcorn balls was also included in this entry.

The many lovely donations will provide much enjoyment for those who purchased them, as well as inspiration for decorating and gift ideas for those in attendance.

Van and I would like to share these pictures as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers.