Leduc Festival of Trees

On Friday, November 19th at 10 am, the doors opened to the 1st Annual FESTIVAL OF TREES at the Leduc Recreation Centre, a grand event hosted by the Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce. This action packed two day event was a celebration of the season that featured a Christmas Market, a jovial Santa posing for pictures, various entertainers, a High Tea and a Crystal Ball.  The events were planned to benefit the Leduc Chamber, Relay for Life,  Triton Swimming, PAWS (Parents of Willow Park School) playground, Thorsby 2012 Grad Class, the Jumpstart Program and the  Leduc Food Bank.
 The Regional Chamber Team once again showed this community how this particular team performs like a ‘well-oiled’ machine. From the setup days where local groups and retail teams gathered to set up their booths in the Market or to decorate their Christmas trees, to the beehive of activity that buzzed for two entire days.
 Kids were a special focus of the daytime activities: they enjoyed face painting, colouring Christmas designs, cookie decorating, and a popular corner where Santa made a special stop to invite children into his sleigh to pose for photos taken by their parents. The ever popular ‘Sights and Sounds of Christmas’, a grand performance by the Black Gold Community Band and the Telford Seniors Choir are two acts that are always sure to  please music lovers. The stage where they performed was wonderfully decorated by Leduc resident and municipal politics hopeful Sheila Fraser. 
 The City of Leduc was the Title Sponsor, and its tireless LRC staff joined the Chamber team and its large contingent of volunteers in ensuring that the event would remain tidy and on schedule for the duration.  In The Christmas Market, adults and children alike enjoyed the numerous retailers and their colourful, festive displays from Alpaca wool toys and winter gear, jewelry of many styles and Guatemala artistry to embroidered tablecloths and Sylvan Lake cupcakes, a myriad of gift ideas and personal ‘treats’ were available for purchase, to the delight of many serious Christmas shoppers.
 Other young artists had a chance to perform and showcase their talent. Leduc household name Brendan Guy joined other young artists, some from the Pure Artists stable, in entertaining the visitors at different times, all day Friday and Saturday. Local photographer and Pipestone Flyer scribe Dominique Vrolyk delivered two half-hour presentations on Holiday Photography, generously sharing tips and techniques to improve photographic skills. These talks were supported by a slideshow of 573 photographs on a large screen. (that was fun!) 
 Besides the market and the sounds of live performances, a special event was the exciting focus of the Saturday afternoon schedule; The O Christmas Tea.  Catered by Kosmos Restaurant, a feast of scones, little sandwiches and pastries was prepared by British chef Tony Semple who at one time worked for the Queen at Kensington Palace.  A singing Flash Mob by members of Piata Forma, the Leduc choir led by Arlene Klonteig, took everyone by surprise, as a large number of servers and guests, placed here and there throughout the room, suddenly joined in a lovely chorus, to the crowd’s awe and delight. 
 A Fashion Show was the piece de resistance as five local merchants displayed their latest fashions.  Kathy Wagner owner of Risqué Lingerie & Swimwear and Michelle Grad (MG Artistry) joined their skills to prepare and introduce attractive and fun models.  Besides Risqué, Atlas Outfitters, Pennington’s, Phyxius of Beaumont and the newest trendy fashion’s boutique in Leduc Commons, Look Fashion Collection, delivered an attractive blend of chic and sporty outfits.  That night, a Tween Dance was attended and enjoyed by nearly one hundred youths.
 The Christmas Tree display, at the back of the Market in the Leduc County Fieldhouse, caused endless conversations and exclamations of delight. The towering 12 foot Canadian Tire tree adorned with elegant and oversized ornaments, the  feather and glitter purple tree (Minute Man), the magical white tree decorated by the Chamber ladies, the Peace tree proudly bearing nearly 500 cranes lovingly folded by Alana Geuethal and nine friends, the LINX and the Boys and Girls creative and fun trees, the Leduc Chrysler tree and its dozens of little cast iron cars and trucks, the SERVUS Credit Union tree covered in business cards, the Leduc-Nisku EDA’s smart collection of international flags, and a few more impressive trees joined several creative wreaths by local schools.  These were also very popular, as hundreds of children visiting the Market would proudly show off their school’s creation.  Each tree was donated, some being Silent Auction items and others being earmarked as Live Auction  items during the Saturday evening’s Crystal Ball.
 The Crystal Ball started with the seasonal sounds of children singing Christmas carols, another Santa visit and the joyous arrival of more than one hundred guests. With Grant McDowell as MC, the articulate and friendly pastor of the Leduc Alliance Church, the entire evening was fast-paced and fun.  Following the sumptuous banquet, the crowd enjoyed a strong performance by young songstress Danielle Lowe, who has a faithful following in this community, south of her hometown of Edmonton.  Lovely in a chic little black dress with her only jewelry diamonds shining at her earlobes, Danielle confirmed that her talent is genuine, her voice more confident with each performance,  her rhythm and charming demeanor strong assets of her growing popularity and mass appeal. She delivered several Christmas carols and country songs, one from a recently released CD, and even had to come back to the stage for an encore demanded by the guests.  Jason Simituk of Quantum Entertainment was a fun DJ who provided the quality tunes that enticed a large group of guests to ‘dance the night away’… literally! 
 The Live Auction was conducted in two parts by Doug Wickham of Leduc County, a Rodeo certified auctioneer who created some exciting bidding wars, assisted by his lovely wife Sharon.  The highest bid of the night came from a ‘friend’ on behalf of Steve Laurion, owner of the Leduc Canadian Tire Store, who then donated the gigantic tree to the Leduc Recreation Centre! Visitors and staff will be able to enjoy this lavishly decorated tree all season, in main hallway of the LRC.
 By all accounts the First Annual Festival of Trees, cleverly planned and executed by Stefanie Schulz and her Leduc Chamber team, was a resounding success.  The word is out that attendance is expected to double and perhaps triple at next year’s event, and plans will start in the New Year to accommodate a much larger crowd of performers, exhibitors and guests. 

More Stories:
  • Karunia: Warm Hearts, Warm Home     February is Psychology Awareness month and Heart Health Awareness month. To celebrate, Karunia Counselling of Leduc is offering free workshops for the community. Karunia Counselling is a small, local team of psychologists ...
  • Come On Over To The Wildside     The WildSide will be hosting a Free Premier Screening and Mixer at the Millet Agriplex, Saturday January 31st with the doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and you’re invited.      Join the cast and production crew including Max ...
  • Who Was Moberg?    Several years ago Leduc honoured Arthur Moberg by naming a neighbourhood park after him. The park sits along 46 Street sandwiched between 54 Avenue and the beginning of Leduc’s Industrial Park. Today the name remains but ...
  • Hockey Day in Millet     Hockey Day in Millet was hosted by the Millet Minor Hockey Association, January 23rd at the Agriplex. It was a hockey filled day with games running for just under twelve hours, starting at 8:00 a.m., with every team in ...
  • Highlights Of Wetaskiwin Social Needs Assessment      “The City of Wetaskiwin initiated a Community Social Needs Assessment to help guide planning decisions about community based social services.” The purpose of the Social Needs study conducted by consulting group, RC Strategies, ...
  • How To Become A Prosperous Farmer     “We thank our partners Martin Deerline and the Wetaskiwin Credit Union for partnering with us to present Bruno Wiskel – The Prosperous Farmer at our Chamber Luncheon,” were the welcoming words of Judi Best, Executive ...
  • Minister Olson Throws His Hat In The Race    To have a race you need at least two competitors and right now there is only one. Hon. Verlyn Olson has announced he is prepared to step up to the starting line for the race slated to take place on February 21st, 2015. ...
  • Great News For EIA And A Special Guest     The region is abuzz. The plans have been in the works for some time. Construction is underway creating a flurry of activity. Concerns are expressed, excitement and vision prevailing. The main question remains, “What about ...
  • 70 Years For AG Service Boards     Celebrating 70 years, Alberta’s Agriculture Service Board gathered nearly 500 representatives in West Edmonton January 20th-24th to network, discuss and analyze the state of our provincial agriculture and its complex ...
  • Ascending Author In Leduc Samara Paine Pipestone Flyer        Tom Dirsa, a former coach and educator as well as a current free-lance reporter for the Pipestone Flyer, has recently released his first written children’s book, Sweaty Eyes, based on one ...
  • Council Notes From All Over - City of Wetaskiwin   Department Reports - Leigh Sawicki - Community Peace Officer Program: • Staff - Two Community Peace Officers. Level 1 (Supervisor) and a Peace Officer Level 2 • Incidents - Over 2276 calls in 2014. • Equipment - Upgraded ...
  • Finding Balance     People often ask how I balance my life and each time I chuckle because I never really put much thought into it. I have always done whatever it is I wanted to do. Just this past year I was in the middle of starting a business; ...
  • New Sarepta’s Rachelle Brown Off To Scotties Tom Dirsa Pipestone Flyer       What a difference a year can make! A little over a year ago we did a story on New Sarepta Elementary School’s teacher Rachelle Pidhenry. She was looking forward to competing at the Tim Horton’s ...
  • Sponsors Kick Off Leaders of Tomorrow     The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Program held its Kick Off and major sponsors recognition in preparation for its 20th Awards Program. Individuals and groups are invited to nominate for an award  young people who are making ...
  • Leduc & CTK Basketball Improving For the second time in a month the senior high basketball teams will be taking another two-week break as semester exams approach. All four of the senior teams of Leduc Comp and Christ the King (CTK) played on Monday, January ...
  • City Of Leduc Pushes For RCMP To Ensure Funded Positions Remain Staffed The City of Leduc wants the positions they’ve paid for filled with police officers. At the Jan. 12 council meeting, councilors decided to submit a resolution supporting the Federation of Canadian Municipalities own resolution ...
  • Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild Presented With Plaque Submitted by June Aponiuk, Secretary Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild,  Leduc, AB       As with many quilt guilds, we are happy to provide quilts where there is a need. In our case, the majority of quilts are given to the Children’s ...
  • Warburg Junior Curling Receives Donation The Tomahawk/Warburg Field Office of Sinopec Daylight Energy recently put smiles on the faces of 32 Warburg Junior Curling Club members with a donation of $1000. The donation is earmarked for equipment and supplies for the ...
  • Leduc Teacher Returns From Down Under “My family and colleagues were shocked I was about to do this. Through the application process, I often shook my head and could not believe it either! I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and did this.”  And so begins ...
  • Telford Place Continues To Grow When 29-year-old Robert Telford decided to put down roots along a creek just west of a lake, he was aware of the plans of a railroad coming through the area as tracks were being laid just south of his location. It is doubtful ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia