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Walk of Trees slated at Woodcrest

Rachel Basinger | For The Independent-Observer
Woodcrest residents, from left, Carmel Keefer, Frank Stoner and Pat Callaghan hang ornaments on the Memory Tree.

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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 8:59 p.m.

Woodcrest Senior Living Community just outside Scottdale will hold its fourth annual Walk of Trees at 5 p.m. Dec. 15.

Executive Director Rob Dulla Jr. said the event sort of came about by accident.

“We wanted to do something special for our residents so we put out eight trees, one in each window,” Dulla said. “Because of the excitement we saw from the residents, the staff decided to take it to a different level.”

In 2010, more than 30 trees were decorated by area business and displayed in the facility and for the first time, the public was invited to come and view them.

The invitation was extended to the public again in 2011 and there were between 30 and 40 trees decorated.

The public is invited again this year, but there is a slight change to the day.

Dulla said that in previous years people would come at their leisure and just walk around looking at the trees, but this year there is going to be a short program at the start of the night.

Robin Metzger, an administrator at Woodcrest, said the evening is a way to bring the community into Woodcrest for the holiday season.

“The residents like the trees and they love seeing and talking to the people who come to visit,” she said.

Dulla said they provide the trees and area businesses come in and decorate the trees. There is no cost to have anyone decorate a tree or to come tour the trees.

“We like for them to be creative and decorate it with things that have to do with their business,” he said.

Dulla added that if there's any individual or member of the community who can't make the official Walk of Trees tour scheduled for Dec. 15, they are welcome to come in any time.

The facility is highlighting two different trees again this year including a Memory Tree, where residents can place a bulb on the tree in memory of a loved one who has passed away.

The other tree is a Giving Tree that is decorated with hats, scarves and gloves donated for area adults and children in need.

Dulla said the event has grown each year with the display of the 40 trees this year.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.



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