"Christmas at the Farm with A Festival of Trees" - November 2009

Thanks for coming out and enjoying the Festival.  It was the biggest ever.  This article has a nice recap and pictures.

The 2010 Christmas at the Farm with a Festival of Trees is November 27 and 28, which are the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the following weekend, December 4 and 5.  Complete details are here.

About the event

November 28 - 29, 2009
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (following Thanksgiving)

At the Peter Rice Homestead at 377 Elm Street in Marlborough.

Free and open to the public, with free parking in the large lot across the street.  Food and beverages, crafts, and raffle tickets were available for purchase.

The program for the event, including the list of trees and sponsors, is here [PDF].  The list of winners, along with the tree themes and sponsors, is below the pictures.

Pictures from the Festival

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The 2009 tree themes, sponsors, and tree raffle winners




Traditional Elegance

Marlboro Nissan

Linda Hassapas

Blooms During Winter

Avidia Bank

Kathy Glenn

People Helping People

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Beth Crockett

Coffee for the Holidays


Cliff Avey


St. Mary’s Credit Union

Eric Kuniholm

Life’s A Puzzle

Marlborough Historical Society

Donna Groto


Marlborough Historical Society

Donna Carter


Margaret Dwyer and Michael Hogan Family

Sharon Proia

A Holiday Story

Cottage Children’s Center

Troy Fuccillo

Fruit of the Spirit

First Baptist Brazilian Church

Barbara Aiello

Prosperous New Year

Marlboro Cooperative Bank

Maureen Hayes

Pretty in Pink

Rachel Hooper

Mary Smith


Reggie’s Masonry

Pamela Fisher

Scentsational Holidays

Pauline Smith

Mary Jacques

It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere

Danielle Gregoire

Samantha Graham

Marlboro Then and Now

Marlborough Savings Bank

Cathy Orason

Angels Amongst Us

Christopher Heights

Steven Whittier

Blue Dreams

Debbie Foley

Barbara McKee

High School Musical

Debbie Foley

Barbara Harrington


Pauline Smith

Sheila Chase

Emerald Isle

Kennedy’s Pub

Jan Kearns

Strike Gold

Walter Bonin Financial Services

Chloe Bartlett

Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits

Vic’s  Barbershop

Annette Spitzer

Babes in Toyland

Peggy Schwarz

Nancy Stevens

Hannah Montana

Marlborough Historical Society

Pat McClay

Baubles and Bows

Joan Abshire

Carole Avey

Christmas 1949

Jack Gracey

David Fischer

Mediterranean Splendor

Atty. David Gadbois

Karen Werner

Stitch in Time

Debbie Foley

Terry Vachewski

Ribbons and Lace

Marlborough Community Development Corp.

Karol Deangeli

Starburst in Motion

Pauline Smith

Robert Taylor

Relay Rocks

Pauline Smith

Vikki Crowley

Tea Time

Debbie Foley

Nancy Brigham

Christmas Candles

Debbie Foley

Sue Acosta

Fancy Flowers

Debbie Foley

Karen Mosca


Debbie Foley

Michelle Herlihy


Debbie Foley

Donna Winchester

Snow Flakes

Debbie Foley

Paula Denier

Frosted Berries

Debbie Foley

Linda Kuniholm

Country Christmas

Girl Scouts

Rose Johnson

Award winners

  • Best of show: Marlboro Then and Now (Marlborough Savings Bank)
  • Best tree from a new sponsor*: It's Five O'clock Somewhere (Danielle Gregoire)
  • Most popularMarlboro Then and Now (Marlborough Savings Bank)
  • Best theme presentation*: Cranberries (Margaret Dwyer and Michael Hogan Family)
  • Most creative*: Chandelier (Debbie Foley)
  • Best children's themed tree*: A Holiday Story (Cottage Children's Center)
  • Best representation of Marlborough history*: Marlborough Then and Now (Marlborough Savings Bank)
  • Best tabletop tree*: NASCAR (Reggie’s Masonry)
  • Best use of natural materials*: Blooms During Winter (Avidia Bank)
  • Best contemporary tree*: Starburst in Motion (Pauline Smith)
  • Best tree from a children's group*: Country Christmas (Girl Scouts)
  • Best tree skirt*: Marlboro Then and Now (Marlborough Savings Bank)
  • Outstanding craft*: Leis Stolk, bobbin lace
  • Outstanding baked goods*: Katherine Wright, for a Christmas cabin covered in powdered sugar "snow"
  • The Community Spirit Award*: Fruit of the Spirit (First Baptist Brazilian Church)
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Volunteer: To Debbie Foley, who contributed her creativity and long hours to decorate several trees, get the Homestead ready for the event, and put on a craft workshop for kids all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Trustee's Award: To the Whittier Family, whose donation of the tree they won, Angels Amongst Us, to a grieving parent represents the true meaning of Christmas. 
* Award category added this year.

Other than Best of Show and Most Popular, awards are given only in years judges believe entries are deserving.

Thank you

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.  This year's event was produced in conjunction with the Marlborough Community Development Corporation.

Thanks to all of those who came and participated, viewing the displays and decorations throughout the Homestead, purchasing raffle tickets, bake sale items, and crafts, and enjoying the home made gingerbread and the hot chocolate. 

Thanks, too, to the sponsors who supported the event with their financial contributions and the beautiful trees, and to the members and volunteers of the Marlborough Historical Society who spent countless hours planning, setting up, running, and then taking down everything associated with this event.

Finally, thanks to Jon Delli Priscoli for his support of this event.

If you are interested in participating in next year as a sponsor or volunteer, please contact us.

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