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The Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree project announces two special holiday events

Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree, Spruce Pine, NC, will host two new trademark holiday events

Spruce Pine, NC October 20, 2009:  What town could be more perfect to host two new holiday events than the town known as the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree?   Since 2003, Spruce Pine has been known as “The Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree”.  Based on the book by a local author, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, the town is the home to non-profit project The Home of the Perfect Christmas, serving over one hundred craftspeople and artists.

“The Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree project has grown since its inception in 2003 and has received national recognition and exposure for the good works it is doing to assist the citizens of Western NC after the mass exodus of manufacturing in the area,” said Shirley Hise, project Director. “We are excited to expand the project to include two new signature events, building on the brand of the project and promoting Spruce Pine as the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree,” said Hise.

The first of the events, A Holiday Market, will take place December 5-6, 2009 at the Cross Street Center in Spruce Pine.  The Holiday Market will feature artists and crafts people from the HPCT project as well as other artists from the area.  “The Market will be an exciting addition to the Toe River Studio Tour weekend,” said Patti Jensen, event coordinator.  “The event will be beautifully decorated with concepts provided by event Chairperson, Jerry Jackson, Deputy Director of Penland School of Crafts.  “Market attendees will enjoy browsing booths with great gift ideas, a Market Café and holiday entertainment.

A unique Holiday Festival will debut in the town of Spruce Pine on Saturday, December 12, 2009.  To be held on “Upper Street” in historic downtown Spruce Pine, the Festival will feature ice skating in the streets, bonfires with s’ mores bars, a chili cook off, holiday entertainment, a kid’s holiday tent, storytelling at the HPCT Store and more.  “The Holiday Festival is another great opportunity for visitors to experience a unique mountain holiday event in a very special place,” said Shirley Hise, Home of the Perfect project Director.  “This event will be a day of fun and holiday spirit for the whole community and again showcases the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree and the positive impact it continues to have on our region.”

Visit www.homeoftheperfectchristmastree.org for more information and event schedules.