Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas for the Critters!

No, really it is!
VOTE FOR OUR TREE IN THE PARADE OF TREES at Mariners Landing in Huddleston Virginia!
The BRFAL TEAM (Shhhh Don't let anyone know that Jolly Old St Nick lent a hand in the process - around here he goes by Carl)
We are the only tree with a wildlife theme, Christmas for the Critters!
If you vote for us we may win a cash prize for our Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists. If you wish to buy the tree, we have it available on a silent auction which Sherry at Mariner's Landing is setting up for us. You can put it up in your yard and the wildlife will enjoy the BRFAL smorgasbord.

Stop for a meal at Heath's Waterfront Grill if you are there Thur - Sat! 
Mariners Landing website here for directions.
1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston, VA 24104 (540) 297-4900
The tree looks awesome, thanks to the BRFAL Volunteers.
If you would like to make a special donation or would like more information about a particular organization, please contact Sherry at 540-892-6391. We Hope to see all of you very soon!!
Voting starts 11/24 and ends 12/20 at 6pm
Mon-Wednesday 9a-5:30p
Thursday - Saturday 9a-9p
Sunday - 9a-6:30p

Info update from Meg B:
On Monday Nov. 24th BRFAL members Shellie L, Kathy S, Dick H, Carl B and wife Linda, and myself Meg B got together at Mariners Landing to decorate a tree to enter in their Parade of Trees which will be on display until Dec. 20th!  Charlotte H made a heap of ornaments and decor for the tree and was unable to be there for the set up (but she was in spirit!)
Our tree was “Christmas for the Critters” and in lieu of an artificial tree, Kathy brought a large bare-branch tree in a stand. 
It was an invasive privet, so no native trees were harmed in this activity!   
We then decorated the tree with edible ornaments including: cranberry/popcorn garlands, nut garlands, acorns, oranges stuffed with peanut butter and birdseed; strung pretzels and ritz crackers, pine cones coated with seeds, berries, dried apples, seed pods and more and finished off with a burlap tree skirt covered with acorns, nuts and a birds nest.   We loved our natural and non-traditional tree entry. 


The first prize is $300 so please go see all the trees entered by different community non-profit groups and vote for your favorite. We  hope ours will be your favorite of course!

...and don't forget to enter the drawing for a cool gift basket from Mariners Landing!

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