Never too early for Christmas preparations

Work is already underway on this year’s Festival of Trees scheduled for December. In this photo, a group of volunteers prepares to decorate birdhouses this week that will fill the shelves of the Festival’s Gift Shop. (Standing, decorating chairperson Phyllis Beeson instructs her artists, from left, Marilyn Self; Joyce Montgomery, who is this year’s Festival chair; Dee Pattison, and Twighla Voglesong.) This is the 20th anniversary of the event. Each Christmas season its gaily decorated trees fill Brevard’s Silvermont Mansion.

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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