"A Storybook Christmas" is the theme of this year's CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST, which will open to the public at the McAllen International Museum on November 27 It is generously sponsored by H-E-B. This popular annual exhibit consists of some thirty -six trees all decorated by area classes, clubs and organizations. This year's theme offers infinite scope for creative brains and nimble-fingers with thousands of years of storytelling for inspiration.

According to Suzanne Mvarez, MIM's Education and Program Director and this year's Christmas Tree Forest Chair, "participation is a challenging and creative project that can enhance the profile of an organization as thousands of museum visitors view this lovely seasonal spectacle Also," she added, "there are cash prizes to be won!"

"This year," she continued, "we have added a new separate adult category so that students will not be competing with adults. We have also done away with 1st, 2nd and 3rd categories and instead will award prizes for best ornament craftsmanship, most original tree, best use of theme, best tree topper, best under the tree display and best of show. All categories, except the $150 for best of show, have $100 prizes."

Entry forms are available at the museum's front desk. (Museum hours are 9 to 5 TuesdaySaturday, I to 5 pm Sundays.) Prospective participants can also call Sunanne at 682-1564, ext. 116 to have one faxed or mailed. Entry deadline is Thursday, October 1. Set-up days are Tuesday and Wednesday, November 24 and 25. The CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST will close on Sunday, January 3 and take down will be on Monday, January 4.


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