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Library hosts Holiday Tree Gala
By Cassandra Favre
Dec 3, 2013, 21:36

On Tuesday, representatives from several Hancock County businesses, schools and organizations gathered at the Bay St. Louis library to decorate their holiday trees.
The Hancock County Library System will host its 19th annual Holiday Tree Gala on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1-4 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library.
According to library officials, there will be more than 50 decorated trees.
Deidre Dear has been a tree decorator for the Bay St. Louis Post Office for the past four years.
"My first year," Dear said. "the tree was made out of boxes and someone saw it and told me to bring it up to the library for the gala."
This year's tree features a snowman with a head made of Priority Express boxes.
Students from Holy Trinity Catholic School decorated their tree on Tuesday.
The theme is 'Bible Stories of the Old Testament."
Thomas Mortillaro and Ethan McNeill, students at Holy Trinity, said they helped make the ornaments for the story of Jonah and the Whale.
Lauralee Pellegrin helped make the decorations that tell the story of Father Abraham and Jacob's Ladder.
Gretchen Thorp and Toni Calandria of Bay St. Louis' Christ Episcopal Church were also at the library adorning their tree with ornaments.
"All our ornaments are hand-made,"Thorp said. "They are all counted cross-stitch and needlepoint."
Geri Bleau and Lisa Bouis were caught laughing and giggling under the Alice Moseley Museum tree.
"We love to laugh and always have fun together," Bouis said.
"The tree is decorated with pictures of Moseley's paintings and some of her quotes," Bleau said.
Pre-gala judging awards will be announced during Sunday's festivities.
First-and second-place ribbons will be awarded in the following categories: Judges' choice; best use of theme, most creative tree; best use of color; best traditional 6-7 foot tree; best non-traditional 6-7 foot tree; best traditional tabletop tree; and best non-traditional tabletop tree.
Those attending the gala will have a chance to vote for Best in Show and children will vote for Children's Choice tree.
Santa Claus and his elf will be in attendance to hear the children's requests.
The MAP Family Choir will be performing Christmas tunes at 2:30 p.m. and Coast Chorale members will perform at 3:15 p.m.
Contact Nel Ducomb at 467-5282 for more information.


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