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September 18, 2020

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Announces TreeFest 2020 as Gift to the Community

A Community Holiday Tradition Since 1989, the Event will be Modified for Safety in the COVID-19 Era

Bloomsburg PA — Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble has announced that its annual TreeFest event will be held at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg, November 30 through December 6.

"2020 has been such a heavy year. So many people have had their lives disrupted in so many ways," said Cindy Schultz, one of BTE's lead organizers for the event, "that BTE really wanted to find a way to continue the TreeFest tradition."

"It's BTE's sincere hope that TreeFest will bring some small respite from what we've all been living through at a time of year when many faiths focus on shining a light against the darkness and trials of winter and on the promise of new life. This year, BTE is offering TreeFest as a gift to the community," Schultz explained, "unlike prior years there will be no charge for admission."

The TreeFest event showcases Christmas trees beautifully and creatively decorated by local businesses and organizations that are later donated to needy families. In the past, TreeFest has featured fine food, a special high tea event, and live entertainment.

"This year," said Jon White-Spunner, BTE Managing Director, "many aspects of the festival will be altered in the interest of public health and safety, but in ways that we hope preserve the spirit of TreeFest." Many things about TreeFest will NOT change – the trees will still be donated by local tree growers, sponsored by area businesses and individuals, decorated by community friends and be given to local families referred to us by Columbia County Child Development Center. According to White-Spunner

"While we are making every effort to redesign the event in a way that will make it safe for those who wish to participate this year," said Bonnie Crawford, TreeFest Chair, "we know that we cannot anticipate every scenario. We will adapt to circumstances and we'll keep the community informed as we do."

Crawford said that the latest information about TreeFest will be available from the TreeFest website www.treefest.org or by calling BTE at 570-784-5530.

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