FRANKLIN — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas but of course, a bit differently this year.
“They weren’t able to have the big Feztival of Trees in Bangor, which is always a huge success, so this little piece that we’re trying to do down here in Franklin hopefully will help take the edge off the losses that have happened this year,” said Steven Mosley of the Anah Shrine Facts & Figures.
Anah Shrine is moving the Downeast Feztival of Trees that usually takes place at the Franklin Veterans Club to a virtual format this year on their website.
“They’ll be set up how we did it every other year where they have their own portion where they can set up,” said Ridge Jordan, who does public relations for the Anah Shrine Facts & Figures. “Once they’re set up, we’re gonna be taking pictures of the trees, everything that’s on them and listing everything that’s there on the website.”
“We’re actually gonna go live December 10 at noon, and then we’re gonna stop December 13 at 4 p.m. so it’ll be 24/7 that people can shop the trees, buy their tickets, and again we’ll print them out,” Mosley said. “As they buy their tickets, we put them in the buckets for each tree and we’re gonna draw our tree winners on Sunday afternoon.”
They plan to maintain social distancing while setting up and distributing the trees by utilizing the three different doors located throughout the space.
“We’ll schedule the pick up so that not too many people are here at once, and we can control the flow of the people and make sure it’s a safe environment for everybody that’s gonna be part of the event,” Mosley said.
Mosely hopes the virtual event will be able to be coupled with the live event for years to come.