Community Festival of Trees in St. Peter’s By Dana MacPhail-Touesnard - November 26, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp The volunteer committee responsible for hosting the Pirate Days event in St. Peter’s in September presented “Marooned for Christmas” and won in the organization category. Photos by Dana MacPhail Touesnard The special Festival of Trees helpers included elves (from the left): Mary Gracie, Raya Landry, and Kaitlin Burke, Santa, elves Keira Landry, Reagan Boulet and Tia Landry. The St. Peter’s and Area Volunteer Fire Department’s Festival of Trees entry served as an important reminder of fire safety this holiday season. In the retail division, Back on the Rack Consignment Boutique entered a shoe tree that garnered lots of attention. The Festival of Trees proved an opportunity to raise awareness and inspire discussion of important causes including bullying, traumatic brain injury, and cancer (pictured)– in the form of a tree in memory of Claudette Burke King. The Eastern Counties Regional Library was well represented during the Festival of Trees in St. Peter’s. The food bank donation tree was surrounded by non-perishable food items on all sides. The Amazing Mr.J. Magic Show was also part of the Festival of Trees event, now in its 24th year. A new addition to the Festival of Trees 24th year, the Festival Art Gallery was sponsored by the Coastal Arts and Culture Guild and includes works from several local artists. The children of the St. Peter’s Play School class performed during the Festival of Trees at the St. Peter’s Lions Hall on November 25. – Laurie Pottie’s contribution to the Festival Art Gallery at the Bonnie Brae Club, a painting she named Red Justice, was a stark reminder of the ongoing issue of missing and murdered Indigenous Women, most recently reflected in the case of Cassidy Bernard in We’koqma’q. As in previous years, Sisters by the Sea spa owners Elizabeth and Katie Touesnard created one of the most unique additions to the Festival of Trees.