Trees have arrived and are being decorated at Old North State Winery in preparation for this year’s Parade of Trees fund-raiser.
Over Sunday and Monday, volunteers brought in Christmas trees, which will be auctioned off fully decorated to benefit Surry County Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN).
SCAN “advocates for families by offering family counseling, parental support, parenting classes for parents at risk of child abuse and neglect,” said director Tamara Veit, who is organizing the Parade of Trees.
The full display should be finished by Wednesday so that potential bidders can tour the trees and many other items and make bids in the silent auction ahead of the main event, set for 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to Veit.
Many of the decorations have a theme, like a Yu-Gi-Oh tree this year or last year’s Meowy Woofmas, which was decorated in a pet theme.
De-Stress Massage, on West Lebanon Street, has a tree full of goodies and gift certificates.
There is a wreath this year that is based on the Disney movie Frozen, Veit added.
Other items up for auction include a round of golf for four from Cross Creek Country Club, a night’s stay in a cabin at White Sulfer Springs, and a night at a bed and breakfast, Veit said.
Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies will provide a pie per month for six months in another auction.
Talley’s Custom Frame & Gallery is offering a framed print by local artist Pat Woltz.
Market Artisans has provided a rocking chair, and there are pieces of Goshen Sparkling Jewelry.
By Thanksgiving, the Parade already had received more than 50 donated items, and more have been trickling in this week.
In addition to the auction, Thursday’s finale will include a raffle for a case of Old North State wine, said Veit. The winning ticket can pick and choose from a selection of bottles to mix and match in that case.
Last year an acoustic group, Double Down, performed at the Parade of Trees and was well received. The band is back again this year.