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Fanfare: Carnegie Trees kicks off holiday social season

| Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Michael Kamin, Carole Kamin Eric Dorfman, Barbara Biglan and Michael Forde, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Michael Kamin, Carole Kamin Eric Dorfman, Barbara Biglan and Michael Forde, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Kate Freed and Jack Brice, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Kate Freed and Jack Brice, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Craig McDonald and Sam Badger, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Craig McDonald and Sam Badger, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Eliza Brown and Peggy McKnight, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Eliza Brown and Peggy McKnight, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Marylynn Uricchio and Nancy Byrnes, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Marylynn Uricchio and Nancy Byrnes, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Ken and Pam McCrory, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Ken and Pam McCrory, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Mary Margaret Stamy and Heather Chronis, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Mary Margaret Stamy and Heather Chronis, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Jo Ellen Parker and Rick Manasa with Helen Billak, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Jo Ellen Parker and Rick Manasa with Helen Billak, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Catherine Loevner, Barbara Miller and Rhoda Neft, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Catherine Loevner, Barbara Miller and Rhoda Neft, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
Henry Kravkosky,  Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.
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Henry Kravkosky, Carnegie Trees Holiday Party, Carnegie Women’s Committee, Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland. Nov. 29, 2017.

“I did this tree, the Wizard of Oz,” said Peggy McKnight of one of five 2,000-pound Colorado Spruces holding court in the Carnegie Museum of Art's Hall of Architecture. “Look at my shoes,” she laughed, pointing to a pair of sequined ruby red heels. “We can barely walk!”

And so it goes that the unofficial kick-off to the holiday social scene got underway with the annual Carnegie Trees opening party on November 29. Who was there? Who wasn't is more like it.

“We just love seeing everyone come together,” said museum president Jo Ellen Parker among a crowd of 400.

Trucked in on a flatbed and hoisted up with rope and crane, the trees had awaited an adornment that would paid homage to beloved children's book characters including Alice in Wonderland (designed by Jennifer Muse and Gez Ebbert), The Cat in the Hat (Janet Hunt and Gail Murphy), The Jungle Book (Carole Kamin and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History), and The World of Eric Carle (Karen Krieger and the 2nd and 3rd graders from the Liberty School).

“I worked on three of these trees,” said Ranny Ferguson. “And no, I haven't even started to do my own Christmas decorations.”

Proceeds benefitted three service projects of the Carnegie Women's Committee including the Carnegie Warm Welcome, Military Family Brunch and Holiday Party for Special Guests.

Spied: Women's Committee president Mary Margaret Stamy, Heather Chronis, Tim McVay and David Bush, Kate Freed and Jack Bryce, Henry Krakovsky, Pam and Ken McCrory, Bill Modrak and Dr. Elliot Kramer, Stacy Weiss, Catherine Loevner, Nancy Byrnes, Sam Badger, Katherine Bantleon, and opening party co-chairs Sara Leone and Anna Foster.

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