Holiday for the Heart returns to the live event | New

After two years of virtual online auctions, the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society’s Heart Holiday decorated trees will return to the Delaware County Historical Association on Dec. 3.

“We are thrilled,” said Deb Crute, director of operations for the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society shelter. “We are so happy to have him in person again. Everyone is delighted.

Crute said the event is in its 16th year and there will be 27 small and large trees decorated by local individuals and organizations, including a local 4-H group, people can try to win. In addition to the decorated trees, there is a decorated sleigh, an exhibit featuring antique figurines of Santa Clauses from around the world, wreaths, garlands and other items, she said.
Admission is $5 and includes a raffle ticket. Children accompanied by a parent are free, a press release said.

“There are people who have been with us for years,” she said. “There are a few new people this year who saw the online auction and decided to decorate a tree.”

She said she got her first call from someone who had a tree posted in June asking to register for this year’s event. When people sign up to decorate, they announce the theme of their tree. This year, some of the themes include “When Heaven and Nature Sing”, “Spice It Up”, “Seas and Greetings” and “The Joys of Agriculture”, she said.

Crute said Laura Wright, who works at the shelter, created the “When Heaven and Nature Sing” tree. She said Wright knitted hats for wild animal figurines, made angels out of milkweed pods and placed a birdhouse in the tree. “Every year she makes a tree and it’s beautiful,” she said.
The decorated trees will be placed around the museum’s Norris Gallery for people to view, the statement said. The museum is near the Humane Society on State Route 10 in Delhi. Admission to the event includes one raffle ticket and more can be purchased for $5 each or six for $25, Crute said.

The trees will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November 28 to December 2.

“This will allow people who may not be comfortable going out in large crowds or who have other plans that day, the opportunity to view the trees and purchase raffle tickets,” Crute said. “The historical association also offers fun gifts for Delaware County.”

The event, complete with live music, baked goods and a holiday bazaar, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, she said. This year the Delaware Dulcimers, the Tramperskill Boys and a flute band are performing, she said. Raffle tickets will be drawn at 3 p.m. and winners can take their trees home intact if they wish, as the Humane Society will provide bags large enough to do so, she said.

“This is one of our major fundraisers of the year,” she said.

Crute said the shelter has nearly 200 animals and “the kennels are full. We have lots of kittens, cats and beautiful dogs to adopt. It’s the fullest we’ve had in a while, especially with the dogs.

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