HANNIBAL | A shimmering tradition continues to grow at Pleasant View Assisted Living, with the Festival of Trees filling the halls with custom-decorated Christmas trees on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8.
The sixth Festival of Trees has attracted more and more visitors and interest from residents each year, Pleasant View Assisted Living Administrator Tisha Johnston said. Each tree reflects a theme selected by the team who decorated it — this year's themes include Minnie Mouse, a mannequin that looks like a woman's dress and a country-inspired motif. The open house will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, with a silent auction running throughout the weekend.
Johnston said several groups and families have already decorated their trees — 12 of an expected 18 trees are already set up. Groups and businesses like Hannibal Regional, F& M Bank, Servpro, Holy Family Catholic Church, Families and Communities Together and Community Loving Care Hospice joined the Halpin, Harrison and Rowe families to set up their unique trees. Johnston expressed her excitement with the festival's growth each year.
“It's really come together great,” Johnston said. “We have probably our best response yet, as far as people coming in to decorate trees.”
A small, dog-themed tree was decorated by members of the Northeast Missouri Senior Networking Group, and proceeds from the tree and the annual bake sale will go toward a new dog park on campus. Funds raised from the silent auction go toward each group's projects or outreach efforts.
Members of Teens in Motion, which is under the umbrella of Douglass Community Services and a United Way recipient, decorated their tree with a “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme. Youth Services Director Jared Moore said the teens enjoyed picking out decorations like purple lights, ornaments and a “Zero the Dog” topper to reflect the goal of building the new dog park. Moore said the Teens in Motion members met with Beth Haven CEO Paul Ewert to discuss employment opportunities a couple weeks ago, and Moore said he appreciated the chance to get to partner with Beth Haven for the interactive experience.
“They had a fun time just decorating the tree and getting it all set the way that they wanted to,” Moore said. “They did a great job with it.”
Johnston welcomed the public to come out and see all of the different trees. Bids have already been submitted for some trees, and Johnston said residents, staff members and everyone else involved is excited for the weekend festivities.
“I'm feeling great about it. The residents here are excited — they're getting their rooms ready for the open house, so we're going to have some doors open,” Johnston said. “It's going to be a nice turnout, I believe. There's a lot of excitement in the air here.”
More information is available by calling Pleasant View Assisted Living at 573-406-1090.