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Festival of Trees event kicks off this week at Robinwood in Hagerstown

November 26, 2007

Kick off the holiday season by attending the Antietam Healthcare Foundation's fourth annual Festival of Trees from Thursday through Sunday at Robinwood Medical Center in Hagerstown.

Presented by CentraBank, the centerpiece of the Festival of Trees is the featured display of uniquely decorated trees and wreaths - each sponsored and decorated by friends in the community.

This year, visitors will also get a chance to see a model train display and new holiday creations.

The festival also features seasonal entertainment, food and specialty beverages as well as the popular North Pole Limited Gift Shop.

In addition, the Maryland State Boychoir will be making its third appearance at the festival during a concert at the Bridge of Life Church (Faith Chapel, former Colonial Theater on South Potomac Street, across from The Maryland Theatre) on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Springfield Middle School Chamber Choir from Williamsport will join them as special guests.

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Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 and 12. A ticket to the concert also allows you entrance to the exhibit at Robinwood.

Proceeds from this year's event will go toward the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program at Washington County Hospital. The SAFE program is comprised of specially trained and certified nurses.

SAFE program's nurses are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and respond to sexual and child abuse cases by collecting evidence to help identify and prosecute offenders. These nurses are instrumental in helping victims begin the healing process.

The festival hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are from noon to 4 p.m.

The special 'Tis The Night Before Preview Party is scheduled for Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Robinwood Medical Center. Entertainment and a live auction help start the Festival of Trees.

For a complete schedule of events, call the festival hot line at 301-790-8033 or visit www.festivaloftreesinhagerstown.org.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is helping sponsor this annual event. For more information, go to www.marylandmemories.com.

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