Family holiday event to focus on charity, giving

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Dec 16, 2013
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Students at Wayfinder School in Camden took as their theme the elephant gods of African and Indian mythology. The panel is nearly finished.

Hope — Several nonprofits will inaugurate a holiday event that is “less about shopping and more about giving,” Sunday, Dec. 22, said Lindsay Pinchbeck, director of Sweet Tree Arts.

The celebration was postponed from Dec. 15 because of last weekend's snow storm.

Starting at noon, children and their families are invited to visit Hope Spinnery, Hope Clay and Sweet Tree, collecting an edible ornament for the Hope Elephants Christmas tree at each stop. Also, at Hope Clay, located below Hope Spinnery, visitors can glaze their own ornaments, which will be fired and ready to pick up by Dec. 19. And at Sweet Tree, they can make ornaments, gifts, wrapping paper and cards.

At 3 p.m., Jess Day and BJ Kopishke will lead a family sing-along at Sweet Tree. Children can also purchase gently used toys as gifts for friends or siblings for $2 each from the Elf Shelf at Sweet Tree. The proceeds will be donated to one of several charities, and children can chose where the money they spend goes.

Donated toys are being collected; to contribute, contact Pinchbeck at 542-8008.

From 4 to 5 p.m., there will be tractor rides from Sweet Tree Arts to Hope Elephants, to sing holiday songs and decorate Rosie and Opal's tree. In addition, a mural made by local students will be unveiled.

Pinchbeck said each school chose a theme related to Hope Elephants' mission for its section of the mural, for example, anatomy, ecology, conservation or Indian and African mythology, which includes elephant gods. Some of the panels are meant to appeal to the elephants, including one that incorporates a mirror, she said. Contributing panels are Hope Elementary School, Camden Rockport Middle School, Camden Hills Regional High School, Riley School in Rockport, Wayfinder School in Camden (formerly the Community School), Rockland Middle School and the Rockland Recreation Center.

Asked if the elephants would enjoy the singing planned to accompany the tree decorating in their barn, Pinchbeck said, “They love music.”

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Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, hike and play word games.

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