For the first time ever, Women of Wilmington, also known as W.O.W., hosted what they hope will become an annual event here in town, their Festival of Trees.
Running from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., the festival featured raffles of specially decorated trees, wreaths and baskets, a bake sale table, holiday music and, of course, stories with Mrs. Claus.
The highlight of the day, however, wasn’t the trees. Instead, it was a special performance by the W.O.W. Children’s Chorus. Led by W.O.W. member Noreen Marron-Curdo these little performers outshined the lights on the trees with their holiday spirit.
For Caitlyn Weinstein, W.O.W. Board member and organizer of The Festival of Trees, the day couldn’t have been more successful.
“What amazed me about our event today was the generosity of the community,” Weinstein said. “We had so many wonderful and creative donations and the turnout was fantastic.”
Of course, as W.O.W. President JoMarie O’Mahoney pointed out, events like the Festival of Trees can’t happen without teamwork.
“I am always thankful for the wonderful Board and the members of W.O.W.,” she said. “Events like this demonstrate how incredible this group of people really is. We had fantastic planning by Caitlyn Weinstein and the rest of the board really stepped up, especially Becky McGrath who is our creative genius.”
W.O.W. relies heavily on support from our local community and, once again, the residents of Wilmington came through.
“We live in such a wonderful community that shows its support to new ideas like this one,” said Weinstein.
O'Mahoney expected the event to be successful, but even she was surprised by the turnout.
“I couldn't believe the amount of trees and raffle items we received as well as the people who attended. We are so lucky to live in such a great community,” said O’Mahoney.
Thanks to the Festival of Trees success, Weinstein hopes the event will continue and grow for years to come.
“I look forward to this being an annual event and working on ways to make it even stronger for next year,” she said.