By John Fitts
The Canton Historical Society’s Annual Gallery of Trees and Unique Boutique kicks off with an opening gala the evening of Nov. 19.
At the event people will be treated to a festive atmosphere will approximately 100 trees decorated by local businesses and residents. Visitors can participate in a teacup auction for a chance to bring one home, while enjoying food, drinks and live music.
The Gallery of Trees is a major fundraiser for the Canton Historical Museum’s building fund. In the past several years the museum has undergone major renovations, code work and upgrades to help protect the collections.
Last year 73 trees were donated to the effort, which generated nearly $10,000.
“With some many more trees hopefully it will be even bigger (this year),” said museum volunteer Sharon Brainard.
Gala tickets are $20 per person and include the food, drinks, live music and a chance for a door prize. Hours are from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Canton Historical Museum, 11 Front St. in downtown Collinsville.
After Saturday, the Gallery teacup auction will continue from Nov. 20 to Dec. 11 with the Museum open daily at 10 a.m. The museum will stay open until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and close at 4 p.m. other days. The museum will also be open for the Christmas in Collinsville festivities the evening on Dec. 9.