Tree talk

The Festival of Trees and Trains will open Friday and run through Nov. 29.

ASHLAND Visitors to the Paramount Arts Center’s Festival of Trees and Trains this year will find a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

“When choosing a theme, we knew we wanted something fun and colorful to attract children and to help incorporate the new playful penguins,” festival co-ordinator Bonni Potter said. “To keep the feel ‘whimsical,’ the festival colors for this year are orange, lime green, teal and raspberry, and, of course, penguin black and white.”

Potter said event, scheduled for Friday through 29, will include several additions.

“Our new Festival mascot is Paxten Penguin and friends,” she said. “Our plan is to use the Penguins in the decorations for years to come and hope that it will become a recognizable festival logo. We even have an adult sized penguin costume for the children’s events.”

The FOTT will have its first Boy/Girl Scout day on Nov. 23.

“All Scouts are encouraged to visit the festival at a discounted admission price and receive a free limited 2015 Festival of Trees and Trains patch,” Potter saidf.

During the first weekend of FOTT, Cocoa with Santa will be offered, she said.

“We have several exciting things planned for the children, such as a marvelous magician, the climbable train on stage, cocoa, crafts and of course, Santa,” Potter said.

The train display will be the largest G-scale display in the country, she said. There also will be entertainment and the opportunity to vote for favorite trees and wreathes.

The festival, the largest fundraiser of the Paramount Woman’s Association, was created to support the education department of the theater. Each year, thousands visit the display of decorated trees, model trains and other holiday decor.

The festival also has a consignment/gift shop with a variety of vendors so visitors to the festival can do some holiday shopping, Potter said, noting the shop will have a large number of items for sale.

“It looks like this year is going to be a record-breaking year for donated items,” Potter said. “Through the power of social media, businesses, organizations, artists and creative individuals are being encouraged to donate fully decorated trees, wreaths and gift packages. Plus, registering an item is free and easy with our online registration form on our website at”

The Paramount is at 1300 Winchester Ave. For more information, call (606) 324-0004.

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