People & Places: Philbrook Festival of Trees to light up holidays
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Sunday, November 11, 2012
11/11/12 at 8:53 AM
For many Tulsans, the holiday season begins with Philbrook's Festival of Trees.
The 28th annual edition will begin Nov. 18 and continue through Dec. 9 when the halls will be decked with spectacular holiday decorations and trees crafted by local professional and student artists, as well as gingerbread houses assembled by local schoolchildren.
The Philbrook Festival of Trees takes place during normal museum hours: 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays. Admission during the festival is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and university students with valid college identification, and free for Philbrook Members and those 17 and younger.
The annual Philbrook fundraiser provides funding for education and public programing, as well as museum operations.
Festival of Trees sponsors, patrons, and TreeView ticket holders can purchase all objects beginning Nov. 16 during the Festival of Trees' TreeView "preview" party. Sponsorships begin at $250 and tickets are $75 per person.
On Nov. 17, Philbrook members will have the next look at the Festival of Trees with a members-only opening, 9 a.m.-noon. The Member opening is free to Philbrook members with advance reservation.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 17, the museum opens to the public with free admission for an evening of art-making activities, holiday music and cocoa for Garden Glow.
The Festival of Trees Children's Party will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Dec. 1. Cost is $30 per adult/child pair. Philbrook members receive a morning of hands-on art-making projects, a photo with Santa, stories from Mrs. Claus, and cocoa and cookies.
The Festival of Trees 4x4 Party, originally scheduled for Dec. 2, has been canceled. Organizers hope it will return next year.
Ornaments and pins
Local artist Paula Wood created this year's Philbrook Festival of Trees pin. The 23rd annual pin sells in the Philbrook Museum Shop while they last. Cost is $28.
Dana Gilpin designed the Philbrook Festival of Trees ornaments. A must-have for dog or cat people, each ornament sells for $50 in the Philbrook Museum Shop while they last.
Each Thursday evening through Dec. 27, the Philbrook Gardens will glow with thousands of lights.
Clara Warrick and Melinda Adwon are co-chairmen of Festival of Trees. Susie Collins is patron chairwoman. Treeview committee members are Peggy Woods and Mary Pringle, and Pamela Amburgy is Children's Party Chairwoman.
Members of that committee include Jamie Zink, Erica Massey, Kate Silvey, Anita Baker, Paula Rogers, and Allison Binge. Other chairwomen include Andrea Ellinor, Marion Richardson.
Artist check-in committee membership to Philbrook Museum of Art gives one year of experiences to a family of two adults and children younger than 18 for $80.
At the $125 membership level, Philbrook Members receive free admission to more than 600 museums across the country through the North American reciprocal museum program.
For more information about Philbrook Festival of Trees or to reserve tickets to any event, go to tulsaworld.com/philbrook.org">tulsaworld.com/philbrook.org or call 918-749-7941.
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Mary Pringle (left), Clara Warrick, Pamela Amburgy and Melinda Adwon are ready for the annual Philbrook Festival of Trees, which begins Nov. 18 and ends Dec. 9. STEPHEN PINGRY / Tulsa World