The Festival of Trees will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Days Inn in Altus.
The Masters of Ceremonies for the evening will be Don Stone, Ret. Col. and current Deputy of MX/A-Team at AAFB; and Donna Tucker, Choir Director for First United Methodist Church. Distinguished guests assisting Santa this year are Col. Todd Hohn, 97th AMW Wing Commander AAFB; and Col. Charles Ohlinger, 97th AMW Vice-Wing Commander AAFB. Assisting auctioneer Scott Tripp for the evening will be Col. Hohn’s wife Kathy and SAHC President Cathy Stone. Music will be provided by the Altus High School a cappella chorus “BluHarmonix” directed by Neil Young.
An outstanding collection of unique items and holiday gift packages of all types has been gathered for both the silent and live auctions. These selections represent the best that Altus has to offer including fine jewelry, original art, home décor, popular electronic items, and the most requested toys. These unique gifts have been donated by many local banks, businesses, organizations and individuals who support the arts and humanities programming in Altus.
This festive event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour of holiday music, a dinner and dessert buffet, and the silent auction of great gifts for all ages and interests. The live auction with Scott Tripp will start at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council to sponsor Chautauqua 2016 and many other annual projects and programs. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Altus Chamber of Commerce and through the Shortgrass office and board members. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, please call the SAHC office at 580-477-1616 or the Altus Chamber of Commerce at 482-0210.