Community invited to Festival of the Trees open house Dec. 5

Volunteers from the Rappahannock Garden Club decorate a Christmas tree that will be auctioned at the Festival of the Trees. From left are (front row) Debbie Burgess; (next row) Deborah Brooks and Cathie Elliott. Francie Huggins also decorated the tree.

The 22nd annual Festival of the Trees (FOT) will begin with a community open house from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 5, at the Northern Neck Family YMCA, 39 William B. Graham Court, Kilmarnock.

A collection of themed Christmas trees decorated by businesses and organizations will be the main feature, reported community development specialist Tom Martin. Money raised from auctioning these decorations will support the Guardian Program, which makes YMCA activities and services available to those unable to pay standard fees.

Attendees can preview the FOT silent auction items and bid via an app accessible by website or smartphone…