Monday, November 22, 2010

Cleveland Play House: Festival of Trees Lighting (And Happy Thanksgiving!)

The weather outside isn't frightful (yet), there's no fire but still inside is delightful at Cleveland Play House's Festival of Trees.

It's hard to believe that we're at the tail end of November and that this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving but here we are. An annual tradition for the Cleveland Play House is their festival of trees where the lobbies and corridors of the Play House's complex are filled with Christmas trees sponsored and decorated by a variety of local organizations.

Tonight was the official lighting of the trees and in the beauty of the trees, the joy of the music, and the energy in the rooms one couldn't really help but to slip into the holiday spirit.

So on your next visit to the Cleveland Play House this season, take a few moments to stare in awe at the beautifully decorated trees. The centerpiece of the festival is a giant 25-foot-tall tree in the main rotunda decorated with program covers from the Play House's 95 seasons -- showing the evolution in graphic design (what I wouldn't give to thumb through some of the early programs!), theatrical tastes, and the Play House itself. But at the same time enjoy the scrappy but lovingly decorated tree nearby.

A variety of factors are conspiring to keep me from making the trip home to spend Thanksgiving with my family, but be your loved ones physically near or far may they be close and safe this holiday season.


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