BROWNSVILLE — More than two dozen Douglas fir trees are being decorated this week for the annual Festival of Trees silent auction fundraiser this weekend.
Money raised will benefit the Moyer House restoration project.
The theme is “Trees for the Tea Parlour.” Last year’s event raised more than $2,000.
Kathy Rogers, Kathy Otis, Sharon McCoy, Linda Morrison and Cyndi Anderson — members of the Brownsville Women’s Study Club, which has sponsored the event for the last three years — were busy Tuesday afternoon putting final touches on the project, which will feature decorated trees in 18 locations, including the historic Moyer House.
The event was sponsored for many years by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.
According to Anderson, the trees come in two sizes: 6 feet and 4 feet.
“Minimum bid on the 6-foot trees is $45, with increments of $10,” she said. “The minimum bid on the 4-foot trees, which we call table toppers, is $30, with increments of $5.”
Bid sheets will be available with each tree from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Winning bids will be announced after 4 p.m. Saturday at the Art Center. Winners will be notified and can pay for their trees by cash or check.
Members of the Brownsville City Hall staff will judge the trees Friday morning. Awards will include most whimsical, elegant, kid-friendly, creative and traditional.
Anderson said Central Linn High School music students will be on hand to help load trees.
“If people don’t have room for a tree, or already have one, we encourage them to buy one for a neighbor, their church or for a nursing home resident,” she said.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to purchase wallpaper for the ladies parlor in the Moyer House.
Anderson said volunteers have a few pieces of the original wallpaper and an specialist in California will reproduce it.
“As you can imagine, it is rather expensive,” she said.
The Brownsville Women’s Study Club was founded in 1910 and established the city library in 1911.
Its purpose is to benefit the library and Moyer House.