Approximately 50 people attended last Friday’s Opening Night of the 12th Annual Festival of Trees at the Marleah E. Graves (MEG) Building.According to MEG Foundation board member Janice Jarosz, there are approximately 60 trees to raffle off, with eight new themes this year, with the majority of them being children-oriented. Retired Fire Captain William O’Malley plans to donate three trees to needy families.
Originally a school in the 1800s taught by Marleah E. Graves, whose spirit is rumored to tour the grounds, the building now hosts parties, weddings, baby showers, coalitions and a recovery group and has tenants living upstairs.MEG Foundation board member Linda Ross said the proceeds from the two-week event will go toward upkeep of the building.
Many guests came in between the town’s Tree Lighting ceremony on the common last Friday night.
Belmonte STEAM Academy fifth-grader Arianna Moscato, her mother, Barbara, and her brother, Angelo, all of Saugus, wished to take home a “Merry Christmas” tree for its “snow,” ribbon and other decorations.
Lisa and Martin Walfield were hoping to take home the “Mickey & Minnie Christmas Tree,” which was donated by the Saugus Lions Club, because they are Disney fans. The tree featured all things Disney, including classic Minnie and Mickey Mouse ears, stuffed animals and accessories.
Stephen Chapman was hoping to win the “Wican Yuletide” tree.“I like the tarot cards, the top hat and the wooden star,” Chapman said.
Santa is expected to arrive from the North Pole on Saturday night along with a petting zoo. Hours are 3 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Santa will be present from 4:30 to 6 p.m., along with a petting zoo on the front lawn from 5 to 7 p.m. Brought back after a COVID-19 pandemic hiatus, a wine and cookie bar will also serve as a fundraiser for the Foundation, with proceeds going toward the cause. Winners can pick up trees on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.