The 2012 Hiawatha Homes “Festival of Trees” was held November 20-25, 2012 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.
The Rochester Woodcarvers created “The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe” nursery rhyme project for the Festival of Trees and Hiawatha Homes offered it to the public as a raffle item.
The shoe is 22″ from heel to toe and 27″ tall. The Old Lady and all her children are standing all around and inside the shoe. In addition, there are other nursery rhyme stories positioned around the shoe including Mary, Mary Quite Contrary; Three Blind Mice; Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater; Jack and Jill; and Humpty Dumpty. There are 189 ornaments decorating the tree and overlooking the entire project is Mother Goose reading a book as the tree topper.
After a full year of work preparing the Rochester Woodcarvers project, a dedicated and active team sold “pre-event” raffle tickets and then a group of “Tree Advocates” assisted the Festival of Trees volunteers to sell 1639 raffle tickets to very kind and generous people.
Those tickets sold generated
for Hiawatha Homes.
Many visitors watched the eagerly anticipated raffle drawing to see if their name would be drawn. On Sunday, November 25, the winning ticket was selected and LaVerne won the prize!
A huge thanks to all the Rochester Woodcarvers who participated in preparing this year’s project, sold tickets, and represented the club at the Festival of Trees. The Zumbro Valley Woodturners contributed many of the ornaments used this year and the Rochester Woodcarvers thank them for their tremendous support!
To see photos of the tree on display at the Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees check out the following links:
- 2012 Festival of Trees at Mayo Civic Center Photos – November 19, 2012 – click here
- 2012 Festival of Trees raffle ticket drawing and tree delivery – November 25, 2012 – click here
KTTC-TV produced a special segment about the Festival of Trees featuring the Rochester Woodcarvers project. Your can find a video of that segment at the following link:
- 2012 Festival of Trees segment on KTTC-TV – November 14, 2012 – click here
To see construction photos showing the project progress, check out the following links:
- 2012 Festival of Trees Construction Photos – September 28, 2012 – click here
- 2012 Festival of Trees Construction Photos – June 12, 2012 – click here
- 2012 Festival of Trees Construction Photos – April 27, 2012 – click here
- 2012 Festival of Trees Construction Photos – March 19, 2012 – click here
- 2012 Festival of Trees Construction Photos – March 16, 2012 – click here
- 2012 Festival of Trees Construction Photos – February 26, 2012 – click here
- 2012 Festival of Trees Construction Photos – February 6, 2012 – click here