Christmas at the Farm with A Festival of Trees - November 2008

The annual Christmas at the Farm open house was expanded in 2008 with the addition of A Festival of Trees, and we had the biggest turnout in years with more than 300 people attending. 

Note: Information on the 2009 event is here.

This is an important annual event for the Society, both in terms of increasing awareness about the Society and the Peter Rice Homestead, as well as raising funds for the Society's preservation efforts.  Thanks to all of you who came, participated in the raffle, donated baked goods and crafts, participated as crafters at the event, and volunteered before, during, and after.   A special thanks to the members and leaders of Marlborough Girl Scout Troop 7045 who, together, dedicated more than 100 hours to help make this event a success.

Pictures from this day-long event, along with a list of the tree themes, sponsors and supporters, and winners of each tree are below.  You'll find the program for the event here: Cover and inside [PDF].  And the local news coverage of the festivities and the awarding of Best in Show.

Picturing the day's activities

Buying tickets for the tree raffle

Admiring one of the trees on display


Trees on display on the second floor of the Peter Rice Homestead

The Marlborough Savings Bank: Winners of Best in Show and Best Tree Skirt

Marlborough Savings Bank employees decorate their tree in preparation for the big day.

The Marlborough Savings Bank's winning tree, Winter Holiday Splendor and the team of volunteers who just found out they won Best of Show.

The 2008 tree themes, sponsors, and tree raffle winners

Name Sponsor Winner
Holiday's Best Wishes Wal-Mart Helen Martino
Winter Holiday Splendor Marlborough Savings Bank Christine Forte
Starbucks Coffee & Cups Starbucks Mike Galligher
Candy Land Margaret Dwyer and the Hogan Family Evie Tanner
Angels on High First Baptist Brazilian Church of Marlboro Bill Rigney
Let it Snow! Cottage Children's Center Chloe Bartlett
Pets & Vets Compassion Vet Clinic and
 the Foley Family
Irena Hentea-Dorogi
Patriot's Pride Marlborough Historical Society and
Walter Bonin Financial Services
Helen Martino
Native Dream Debby Foley Rosalyn Rueger
Pearls & Lace Kerianne Foley Jo Pessini 
Feathered Friends Adam Foley Mary Wenzel
Fiesta Marlborough Historical Society and
D Francis Murphy Insurance Co.
Jake Grenier
Silver & Gold Marlborough Historical Society Lori Hart
Blue Ice Joan Abshire Elaine Gaucher
People Helping People The Fraternal Order of Eagles Cathy Miola
Boxes & Bows Joan Abshire Christine Forte
Puttin' on the Ritz Debby Foley Phyllis Tanner
For the Birds Pauline Smith Sandie Wheeler

Award winners

  • Best of show: Winter Holiday Splendor (Marlborough Savings Bank)
  • Most popular: Winter Holiday Splendor (Marlborough Savings Bank)
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Volunteer: To Pauline Smith, who worked tirelessly to prepare for the inaugural Festival of Trees.
  • The Trustee's Award: To Bob Kane, whose persistence, resourcefulness, and hard work brought to life the vision he had for A Festival of Trees, in the process attracting even greater community interest and support for the Society's annual holiday event, Christmas at the Farm.
Note: Other than Best of Show and Most Popular, awards are given only in years the judges believe entries are deserving. 

Thank you

Other supporters who made financial donations or donations of goods and services include Marlborough Girl Scout Troop 7045, Trobetta’s Farm, Marlborough Tree Farm, First Colony Development, Price Chopper, and Hannaford. 

This event was done in conjunction with Olde Marlborough.

Thank you to all, and congratulations to the winners!

If you are interested in participating in this event in the future, either as a volunteer or a sponsor, please contact us.

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