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2012 FHN Festival of Trees - Something Fun for Everyone


This year, we've borrowed a line from Aesop's "The Lion and the Mouse" fable for our FHN Festival of Trees theme – No act of kindness, however, small, is ever wasted. At this special time of year, we want to celebrate all the kindnesses we show each other, big and small, that make our region a wonderful place to live.

The fun begins Saturday morning, Nov. 17 with the first showing of our Holiday Movie Series. Join us at 10 a.m. each Saturday through Dec. 15 for a family movie at a special price courtesy of FHN. All children attending will receive a holiday gift; seating is limited and there are no advance ticket sales. This year's movies are:

Nov. 17 – Wreck-It Ralph ($3.50)
Nov. 24 – The Grinch (FREE)
Dec. 1 – Rise of the Guardians ($3.50)
Dec. 8 – Dino Time ($3.50)
Dec. 15 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ($3.50)

This year, we're adding a surprise for classic movie-lovers of all ages – a special showing of the original 1947 Miracle on 34th Street – starring Edmund Gwen, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood – at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

FHN welcomes Alan Wenzel and Ed Finch to Miracle on 34th Street! Wenzel and Finch, hosts of the popular Classic Movie Series at the Lindo Theatre, will welcome movie-goers at both shows with historical tidbits and movie trivia about the film, and will lead a brief discussion about this holiday classic following each showing. Admission is a free-will offering and/or a food drive donation (barrels available for food contributions – monetary contributions will also go to the food drive). Designed to offer movie-goers the experience of viewing time-honored American Film classics on the big screen, the Classic Movie Series is hosted every spring and fall by the Lindo Theatre in Freeport in partnership with the Stephenson County Historical Museum and Highland Community College.

We'll officially kick off the holiday season after Downtown Freeport's Mistletoe Walk (about 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18) by lighting the Community Holiday Tree in front of FHN Memorial Hospital. Cookies, cocoa and some special visitors – including Santa – are a great way to start the season! (Look below for Santa's full Festival of Trees schedule.)

This year's gala event has moved to the Friday after Thanksgiving – and we're betting you'll love it! Join us for the FHN CasiNO TO CANCER Holiday Gala Friday, Nov. 30 for casino-style fun. The event is open to the public and will feature casino-style games, food, music, dancing, entertainment and silent auction shopping at the Freeport Masonic Temple, 305 W. Stephenson Street. Proceeds benefit the recent technology upgrades and building expansion at the FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call toll-free 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 901.

Head to the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport, to enjoy the Community Festival of Trees beginning Sunday, Dec. 2. This popular, free event brings non-profit organizations together to decorate trees and compete for cash prizes. A panel of judges will award prizes in a number of categories, and you can vote for your favorite in the People's Choice competition. The trees will be on display through Friday, Dec. 28.

Each year, during the first week of the Community Festival of Trees, we celebrate with a special free performance by the HCC Children's Choir. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at the Freeport Public Library for some lovely holiday music and cheer.

Singin' at the King will bring school choruses from across northwest Illinois together for a night of music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the King Community Campus, 511 S. Liberty Avenue, Freeport. The typical suggested admission price is one canned good or other food item for the FACC food pantry per person. (Santa will be there, too, so make sure the kids have their list ready!)

Enjoy the beauty of Freeport's Stephenson Street and Lincoln Boulevard on Luminary Night Sunday, Dec. 23. Residents of the neighborhood around FHN Memorial Hospital – including the hospital and FHN Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center – decorate their sidewalks with luminaria to celebrate the season.

Santa has put aside some time to visit with area children – every child who visits with Santa as part of a Festival of Trees event will receive a small holiday gift from FHN. There's no cost to visit with Santa, and he can usually be found at the Freeport Public Library...

Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 – 4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 5 – 6 p.m. at FHN Memorial Hospital (for the Community Tree Lighting)
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 – 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 – 8 p.m. at King Community Campus (for Singin' at the King)
Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13, 5 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15, 1 – 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 20, 5 – 7 p.m.