Thousands visited FEZ-tival of Trees

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The FEZ-tival of Trees, held Nov. 25 and 26 by the RI Shriners, featured an impressive display of beautifully decorated 36 trees donated by local businesses and groups that were raffled off at the end of the event on Sunday. Growing in popularity, thousands of people attended the event over the two days.

There were approximately 70 vendors who offered guests to start their holiday shopping at the craft & vendor fair while the kids visited with Santa and enjoyed games and entertainment in the Candy Land Kids activity area. Attendees also could enjoy a snack at the Mrs. Claus's Cafe, and relax while enjoying a presentation of choir and dance performances from select groups featured from all over RI.

There was also a performance by the Cranston High School East Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Pamela Lowell on Saturday and the BASICS Holiday Glee Club performed on Sunday.

Businesses and organizations were able to market their product or service easily and cost effectively, by decorating a tree for the Rhode Island Shriners.

“This year’s event was highly successful,” said Paula Cardi, Director of Philanthropy for the RI Shriners.

She did not disclose the amount raised that went to Boston Children Burn Hospital and The Shriner’s Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield, MA.

The FEZ-tival of Trees themes included Candy Land, which was donated by the RI Shrine Ladies Activity Group, Good Things which featured angels which was donated by Just Imagine and Santa Paws which as donated by the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“Also adding the success of this year’s event was the ability to hold three different attractions at the same time,” said Cardi. “The FEZ-tival of Trees and the Holiday Shopping Market Place were held in both the Imperial Room and the Scottish Rite building where musical entertainment and dancing were also available,” said Cardi.

All children were admitted free with free children’s activities, including face painting and arts & crafts.

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