, Newburyport, MA


November 16, 2012

'This just gets bigger and better every year'


Ann Shapiro, secretary of the Methuen Youth Soccer Association, was making sure the association’s tree “Kicking It” was ready to go last Sunday. It is the association’s first year in the Festival of Trees.

The tree, decorated in league’s colors of blue and white, is decorated with photographs of each team in the league and other soccer-themed décor. A glow-in-the dark soccer ball serves as the tree topper.

“That’s going to be a nice treat for whoever wins,” laughed Shapiro.

Complete with leopard-print garland and tree skirt, “Santa’s Salon Safari” showed off Connie Vergados’ wild side. The safari-themed tree features goodies such as nail polish, mascara and hair products from her salon, Salon Vergados in North Andover.

“We do this every year, we just love Christmas,” said Vergados as she and her sons Basil, Costa and Kyros helped decorate the tree. “It’s just a nice, family event that helps a great cause.”


What: The 19th Festival of Trees

When: Nov. 17 to Dec. 1.

Where: 13 Branch St., Methuen

Special Event: Tickets for the Gala Opening on Nov. 16, “Taste of the Festival,” are limited to 400 and cost $50 each. Please call 978-685-8878 for tickets and more information. Information can also be found on

Festival Hours

Weekdays: 5 to 9 p.m.

Weekends 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 — special hours: noon to 9 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Friday, Nov. 23: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2: Tree Raffle starts at 8 a.m.


Weekdays: $8 for adults

Weekends: $10 for adults

Children 12 and under: FREE

Special Children’s activities

Nov. 18, 23, 24, 25 and Dec. 1— Santa Claus 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 18 — Jim the Balloon Guy 3 to 6 p.m.

Nov. 23 — The Mad Science Show 3 & 4:15 p.m.

Nov. 24 — Meet Wally the Green Monster 3 to 5 p.m.

Nov. 25 — Romper Rhythm Puppets 3 & 4:15 p.m.

Dec. 1 — BJ Hickman Magic Show 3 & 4:15 p.m.

Seniors and Red Hat Weekend

Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 — all seniors and Red Hat members admitted for free all weekend.

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