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Bigfork Festival of Trees

Join the holiday festivities at the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center (BACC) (Formerly the Bigfork Museum of Art and History) and enjoy the weeklong Festival of Trees celebration, from Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 3.

BACC will be transformed into a festive winter wonderland of artist and community designed trees with a variety of traditional and unusual themes that would put Ebenezer Scrooge into the holiday spirit.

One-of-a-kind holiday wreaths, ornaments and home decor will be available for purchase at a variety of price points with a selection of items reserved for the silent and live auctions at the Friday evening “ExTREEvaganza,” which begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Auction items include a money tree, lottery ticket garland, an advent wine rack with 24 bottles, and much, much more.

Enjoy complimentary gourmet libations including a signature cocktail designed by Whistling Andy's Distillery, food from Grille 459 and The Raven. Bid on an eclectic range of trees in sizes from table-top to 6 feet high. Special designed/themed trees include: western, artisan driftwood, champagne & chocolate, enchanted forest – from elegant to off the wall.

Raffle: Eat, drink and be merry-themed baskets brimming over with all things “merry.” Raffle tickets cost $5 each or five for $20.

For a truly memorable experience, join us earlier in the evening for special VIP preview reception: cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and truffles at 5:30 p.m. Be the first to bid or purchase auction items; tickets may be purchased for $25 at the door or Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at BACC during museum hours or at the door.

Bigfork always has been an arts town. From its earliest days, Bigfork residents have been artists, artisans, craftsmen, art collectors and enthusiasts. Art galleries and shops selling fine artisan, handcrafted wares have been ever-present.

In 1977, a group of visionary citizens saw the need to build an arts center to ensure a rich arts and cultural legacy for Bigfork and the larger region. The group included Les and Ginny Averill, Sam Stephens, and Ruth and Joe Sliter – who purchased and converted a gas station into Bigfork's first art center.

The BACC’s mission is to serve as a creative, educational and experiential hub for people of all ages. BACC provides exposure and scholarship opportunities for Montana artists, residents and students; celebrates and preserves the history of Bigfork and Montana; and invites residents and visitors – from novices to experts – to exhibit and contribute to collaborative art and cultural projects.

A big Ho! Ho! Ho! to sponsors: Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Glacier Bank, Bigfork Schools PTA, National Parks Realty, Whistling Andy’s, Grille 459, The Raven, Mountain High Construction, Celebrate, First Interstate Bank, Persimmon Gallery, The UPS Store, Frame of Reference, and Meissenburg Designs.

For more details, contact the BACC at 406-837-6927, online at bigforkculture.org or in person at 525 Electric Ave., next to the library and across from the playhouse.

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