The Bee County Historical Society is once again sponsoring the annual Christmas Tree Forest this 2012 Christmas season, which was an overwhelming success last year.
A once-great tradition sponsored by the Rosetta Club of Beeville and held in the old Bee County library is being revived. In the recent past, Lack’s Furniture Store in Beeville had a display of decorated Christmas trees in their store during the season, but Lack’s in Beeville is no more.
“This is an event the Historical Society has talked about for some years, and now is the time to re-establish this tradition. This year’s theme is ‘Christmas: Past, Present and Future.’ It will be exciting to see what all the talented people in Bee County come up with for ideas,” said Shirley O’Neil, president of the Bee County Historical Society.
All Bee County businesses, clubs, organizations, churches, schools and individuals are invited to provide a decorated tree for display. The trees will be displayed throughout the McClanahan House, 204 E. Corpus Christi St. in Beeville.
The McClanahan House will be open for groups to decorate their tree from Nov. 16-30. All trees must be in place by Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. Only artificial trees will be allowed. Trees may be decorated on site or brought already decorated. Public viewing will be from Dec. 1 through Dec. 16.
“There will be no admission charge to visit the forest, but we do ask that visitors make a donation of non-perishable food items that can be given to The Vineyard,” O’Neil added.
The Bee County Historical Society reserves the right to refuse any Christmas tree it deems inappropriately decorated. Remember, all trees will be viewed by children and adults.
“We hope everyone will participate in this event. I have seen this very setup in the Yoakum museum, which is a large house such as the McClanahan House, and it is spectacular,” O’Neil noted.
For more information or an application, call Shirley O’Neil at 361-343-3119.