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Mass Hort Festival of Trees

2019 Festival of Trees & Extended Dates

Mass Hort’s annual Festival of Trees at The Gardens at Elm Bank is a delight to visitors of all ages during the holiday season! This year, our 11th Annual Festival of Trees runs from the day after Thanksgiving, November 29, through Sunday, December 15th. In addition, this year we are extending our dates.

Once the Raffle of Trees is completed on December 15, we will open for two more weekends, December 20-22 and December 27-29 from 4:00 to 8:00PM for guests to come enjoy the holiday lights in the gardens, Snow Village and s’mores at the fire pit. (Please Note: there are no raffle trees during extended dates.)

The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Carriage House, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets in hopes of being a tree winner on December 15. The Festival also includes visits from Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides (weekends only), and an extended holiday light show in the gardens.

A major feature of the Festival is Snow Village, housed in the west wing of the Education Building, which was generously donated by Bill Meagher of Needham. Model trains wind their way through villages and vignettes. Fenway Park is featured as well as a ski mountain, Santa in the sky, an amusement park, and Dickensian and New England villages.

This event, Mass Hort's largest fundraiser, would not be possible without the help of many volunteers. As a volunteer, you get a fascinating look at the show behind the scenes, support our fundraiser, meet new people with shared interests, and share in the delight and enjoyment of our visitors. We hope you will join us to welcome our visitors and help us raise vital mission-supporting funds for our gardens and educational programs!

Please check out our volunteer opportunities below and sign up for a shift or two. Bring friends!

A few reminders about volunteering:

1. Please meet us in the Hunnewell Building at the start of your shift. Holly Perry or Gretel Anspach will greet you and get you situated.

2. Bring a completed Volunteer Application and Release form with you, if you have not already done so this year. Volunteers should be 16 or older, if possible. 

3. There is no secure storage available for personal items- we recommend you keep all wallets on your person.

4. Please refrain from using your cell phone while volunteering at the festival.

5. As a perk to volunteering, admission for you only is complimentry! Please enjoy the festival after or before your shift. 

You can learn more about the Festival and Snow Village at https://masshort.org/festival-of-trees. If you have any questions about volunteering, please email Julie Griffin, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at [email protected] or call 617-933-4934 .

Thank you!

Created by:   Mass Hort Society -The Gardens at Elm Bank
 
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EST) Volunteers
12/06/2019 (Fri.) Hunnewell / Ed Bldg  9:45am - 1:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
7 of 8 slots filled
Michele Trucksis
robin wood
Sheila Bresnehan
Chingis Tsytsik
Joe Rajunas
Claudia Pollard
Hannah Pasterczyk
Hunnewell/Ed Bldg  12:45pm - 4:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
All slots filled
Suzanne Thatcher
Geri Wadness (2)
Kathy Finch
Phyllis Moir
Chingis Tsytsik
Kathy Krongel (2)
Bringing Ouida Young with me, so there will be 2 of us:)
Debby Conant
3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot. Pls note that the show ends at 8 pm, but the last shift doesn't end until the last guests leaves.

 
4 of 8 slots filled
Chingis Tsytsik
Beth Gray-Nix
Dorothy Przywara
Sell raffles
Mary Nicholson
Prefer part sitting down
12/07/2019 (Sat.) Hunnewell/Ed Bldg  9:45am - 1:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
7 of 8 slots filled
Nancy Iacono (2)
Bob and Nancy Iacono
Sue Mandell
Bob Sweeney
Trains
Stacy Braatz (2)
Stacy & Abby Braatz
Julia Goujiamanis
12:45pm - 4:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
6 of 8 slots filled
Elizabeth von Kessler
train room
Chris Duminuco
Nina Goujiamanis
Lillie Caiazzo
Nancy Fyler (2)
Nancy & Silas Fyler
3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot. Pls note that the show ends at 8 pm, but the last shift doesn't end until the last guests leaves.

 
3 of 8 slots filled
Teri Checket (2)
Can work 4:30-7:00
Beth Gray-Nix
12/08/2019 (Sun.) Hunnewell/Ed Bldg  9:45am - 1:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
3 of 8 slots filled
Chris Duminuco
Rushi Vasista
Bob Sweeney
trains
12:45pm - 4:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
4 of 8 slots filled
Joe Rajunas
Kendra Kleintop
Fionnuala Lyons
Melanie Paras
3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot. Pls note that the show ends at 8 pm, but the last shift doesn't end until the last guests leaves.

 
6 of 8 slots filled
Fionnuala Lyons
John Cronin
Marita Cronin
Erica Max
Harriet Manning
Beth Gray-Nix
12/09/2019 (Mon.) Hunnewell / Ed Bldg  9:45am - 11:15am  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Barbara Weinstein
Karin Stanley
11:15am - 12:45pm  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Joan Watts
12:45pm - 2:15pm  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Elizabeth Szabo
prefer indoors
Dolores Coots
12/10/2019 (Tue.) Hunnewell / Ed Bldg  9:45am - 11:15am  

Senior Visit Support (4)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Merrily Evdokimoff
Karin Stanley
Margaret Pobywajlo
Caryl Johnson
11:15am - 12:45pm  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Merrily Evdokimoff
Ann Hopps Morgan
Lifetime MG
12:45pm - 2:15pm  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Ann Hopps Morgan
Lifetime MG
Joe Rajunas
12/11/2019 (Wed.) Hunnewell / Ed Bldg  9:45am - 11:15am  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Elizabeth von Kessler
Steve Blomberg
11:15am - 12:45pm  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Cindy Jaczko
Marian Stanton
12:45pm - 2:15pm  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Joe Rajunas
Mary Squillacioti
Hunnewell/Ed Building  3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Show Volunteers (4)

Volunteers help in several areas: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, and mind the trains. Please note the Show officially closes at 8 PM, but the last shift doesn't end until the last guest leaves.

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Beth Gray-Nix
12/12/2019 (Thu.) Hunnewell / Ed Bldg  9:45am - 11:15am  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Annemarie Altman
Elsa Lawrence
11:15am - 12:45pm  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note - all visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are cancelled.

 
All slots filled
Annemarie Altman
Elsa Lawrence
12:45pm - 2:15pm  

Senior Visit Support (2)

Work with Holly Perry to greet, help guide elderly. Possibly sell raffle tickets. Note: All visits aren't booked yet so some shifts may not happen. We will call your cell if any shifts are canceled.

 
All slots filled
Joe Rajunas
Margie Magowan
3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Show Volunteers (4)

Volunteers help in several areas: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, and mind the trains. Please note the Show officially closes at 8 PM, but the last shift doesn't end until the last guest leaves.

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Beth Gray-Nix
12/13/2019 (Fri.) Hunnewell/Ed Bldg  9:45am - 1:00pm  

Show Volunteers (13)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
11 of 13 slots filled
Joan Watts
Trains
Taylor Bogarty-Gabriel (4)
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Katie Bernard (5)
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Chingis Tsytsik
12:45pm - 4:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
5 of 8 slots filled
Chingis Tsytsik
Dolores Coots
Hannah Pasterczyk (2)
Beth Gray-Nix
3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot. Pls note that the show ends at 8 pm, but the last shift doesn't end until the last guests leaves.

 
2 of 8 slots filled
Fionnuala Lyons
Beth Gray-Nix
12/14/2019 (Sat.) Hunnewell/Ed Bldg  9:45am - 12:45pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
6 of 8 slots filled
Elizabeth von Kessler
train room
Joan Watts
Trains
Nancy Iacono (2)
Bob and Nancy Iacono
Cathy Morgan
Elizabeth Szabo
12:45pm - 4:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
4 of 8 slots filled
John and Marsha Tucker (2)
walk the floor or trains
Christine Duminuco
Beth Gray-Nix
3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot. Pls note that the show ends at 8 pm, but the last shift doesn't end until the last guests leaves.

 
2 of 8 slots filled
Anne DiResta
Beth Gray-Nix
12/15/2019 (Sun.) Hunnewell/Ed Bldg  9:45am - 2:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
3 of 8 slots filled
Chris Duminuco
Joan Watts
Trains
Kathy Trumbull
Hunnewell / Ed Bldg  1:45pm - 6:00pm  

Show Volunteers (8)

Volunteers help in several ways: collect sales fees, register raffle tickets, walk the floor, mind the trains, fire-pit and parking lot.

 
1 of 8 slots filled
Beth Gray-Nix
Hunnewell  6:00pm - 9:00pm  

Raffle (10)

Pick tickets, make calls to winners, check out people who pick up their tree.

 
1 of 10 slots filled
Beth Gray-Nix
12/16/2019 (Mon.) Hunnewell  9:45am - 12:30pm  

Pickup (3)

Check out trees to people that won them. Pack up extension cords,dismantle trees and help lift trees into cars (up to 40 pounds) etc

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Steve Blomberg
Dolores Coots
12:15pm - 3:30pm  

Pickup (3)

Check out trees to people that won them. Pack up extension cords,dismantle trees and help lift trees into cars (up to 40 pounds) etc

 
3:30pm - 7:00pm  

Pickup (3)

Check out trees to people that won them. Pack up extension cords,dismantle trees and help lift trees into cars (up to 40 pounds) etc

 
12/20/2019 (Fri.) Hunnewell  3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Extended Dates Volunteers (5)

Help with sales, parking, train room, fire-pit (no raffle trees in this slot)

 
2 of 5 slots filled
Elizabeth von Kessler
train room
Joan Watts
Trains
12/21/2019 (Sat.) Hunnewell  3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Extended Dates Volunteers (5)

Help with sales, parking, train room, fire-pit (no raffle trees in this slot)

 
1 of 5 slots filled
Fionnuala Lyons
12/22/2019 (Sun.) Hunnewell  3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Extended Dates Volunteers (5)

Help with sales, parking, train room, fire-pit (no raffle trees in this slot)

 
3 of 5 slots filled
Emily DiPiro
work with Lily Fenton (mother)
Kathy Trumbull
jennifer buchwald
12/27/2019 (Fri.) Hunnewell  3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Extended Dates Volunteers (5)

Help with sales, parking, train room, fire-pit (no raffle trees in this slot)

 
2 of 5 slots filled
Bill Meagher (2)
Ellen and Bill
12/28/2019 (Sat.) Hunnewell  3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Extended Dates Volunteers (5)

Help with sales, parking, train room, fire-pit (no raffle trees in this slot)

 
12/29/2019 (Sun.) Hunnewell  3:45pm - 8:30pm  

Extended Dates Volunteers (5)

Help with sales, parking, train room, fire-pit (no raffle trees in this slot)

 
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