For 2010, the Rochester Woodcarvers built a “Woodcarver’s Cottage” with the theme “Carving the Dream”.
This was a special effort by the Rochester Woodcarvers to recognize Hiawatha Homes and their 25 years of service to the community. The 2010 Festival of Trees was held November 24-28 in Rochester, MN.
Starting with a base designed to portray a Scandinavian Woodcarver’s Cottage, the club filled the cottage with carvings and accessories demonstrating all the tools and activities that would be involved with producing Christmas tree ornaments.
The Christmas tree attached to the base was decorated with 191 ornaments and a commemorative tree topper celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Trees.
In prior years, the Woodcarvers tree was made available to Festival sponsors and then later, to bidders who participated in a live auction. You can see the history of all the trees later on this page.
For 2010, Hiawatha Homes offered the base and tree to visitors through a raffle.
As a result of a lot of dedicated people selling tickets and a lot of generous people buying those tickets, 2297 tickets were sold that generated
for Hiawatha Homes.
On Sunday, November 28, the winning raffle ticket was drawn and John Boelter of Rochester won the entire Rochester Woodcarvers project! It was delivered to his home to enjoy for Christmas! It only takes one ticket to win and he bought just one ticket!
Thanks to all the Rochester Woodcarvers for their support and effort in completing this community project on time and with such dedication for the Hiawatha Homes organization!
For a complete tour of the Woodcarver’s Cottage, a review of the 191 ornaments, and an overall view of the Cottage/Tree project, please click on the following link.