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Festivals of Trees in Whiteville

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter’s Whiteville Festival of Trees will be held December 9 through December 14 at the N.C. Museum of Forestry on 415 S. Madison Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. The Festival features beautifully decorated trees, dessert café, wreaths, and baked goods. Children’s crafts and Santa Claus be available on the weekend, with entertainment on Saturday. General admission is $5 at the door. The Festival includes a special exhibit that displays six Hospice Memorial Trees and two Faces of Hospice banners. Dove ornaments commemorate the hospice patients served by the agency last year. Each patient’s name is hand-inscribed on an ornament and arranged alphabetically on a tree. After the holidays, the ornaments are mailed to the patient’s family. On the Faces of Hospice banners, photos and descriptions capture a moment in the lives of two hospice patients: an 81-year-old float queen and a 55-year-old jack-of-all-trades turned artist. The banners offer viewers a glimpse of how hospice care can allow life to be full of joy and meaning – even at its end. Proceeds from the Festival benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter, a nonprofit agency that provides health care and comfort to people with life-limiting illness; support and counseling to families; and education to the community in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. For more information, go to hospicefestivaloftrees.org.

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