Embassy Theatre’s Festival of Trees returns for another season

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It’s that time of year again. The Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., will once again host The Festival of Trees. The event has been a staple in The Summit City since 1984. With partnerships with area businesses and organizations, and the opportunity for attendees to vote on their favorite trees, The Festival of Trees is a true community event. The Festival of Trees begins Nov. 24, 2021 and ends on Dec. 1, 2021.

Festival of Trees: a holiday tradition in Fort Wayne

The trees on display at Festival of Trees over the years have grown more and more risk-taking and beautiful. For people who have attended the event at least several of the event’s 36 years, it is easy to assume that the trees cannot get any better. But, every year, community partners and area businesses help sponsor the event and present decorated trees.

Any visit to The Embassy Theatre constitutes a trip back in time. Built in 1928, the Embassy is resplendent in its Art Deco design. Marble floors, high ceilings, sweeping staircases characterize the theater. When the Embassy is filled with the scent of hot chocolate, popcorn, and other delights, and the sound of the Grand Page organ, or some other performer swells the atmosphere, the Festival of Trees is nearly transformative.

When visitors walk in to take part in the Festival of Trees, They are typically greeted by Festival staff who hand them a brochure, a pencil if needed, and usher them into the world of gloriously decorated trees. There is a form at the back of the brochure that allows visitors to vote for their three favorite trees.

The array of trees begins on the first floor, and moves past the auditorium where either a classic film will play, or live dancers and singers will perform. The line of trees continues after the staircase and winds around the upper level.

The event is often well-attended, so prospective visitors should expect long lines. For more information visit:http:// fwembassytheatre.org/festivaloftrees

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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