Each December, St. Matthew’s celebrates the many  talents of parishioners at our holiday craft fair known as the Festival of the Society Tree (FeST).   

This event is named in honor of the efforts of the Ladies Sewing Society who in 1867 used what was then a novelty, the Christmas tree, as a way to sell their wonderful handiwork. The Society raised the funds for much of the architectural additions and furnishings that still grace our historic church building. 

This year we can’t gather in person but FeST continues! Your pre-orders can be picked up at St. Matthew’s lower parking lot on Saturday, December 5 from 12:00pm to 2:00 pm. Please enter from the Board of Education Parking Lot.

All proceeds from FeST go to help people in need in Orange County through donations  to local non-profit organizations. 

FeST Greenery Orders

We’re offering three things this year:

  1. THE PRE-ORDER PERIOD IS OVER: Fraser Fir Wreaths and Roping- Wreaths and roping are back, thanks to the generosity of  Bob and Susan Shelton.  They’re using a local supplier this year.   Order Online here. Alternatively, order forms can be found outside of Mary’s office at church or you can download it here and submit it with a written check.  Please make payment at the time of placing your order.  Cost: Wreath with Bow, $30; Roping (25 ft.), $30

  2. THE PRE-ORDER PERIOD IS OVER: FeST Bakery and Specialties- This year, Karen Ireland, fearless organizer of the Ordinary Café, has compiled a list of special order baked goods and other yummies.  This list came out the week of November 6 in the weekly parish news.  Orders will be taken by phone through November 15 by calling Karen Ireland. Payment by check is preferred and can be made when you pick up your items on Dec. 5.

  3. THE PRE-ORDER PERIOD IS OVER: FeST Surprise Boxes – This year, something new! These delightful boxes will contain an assortment of small treats, all home made by parishioners- baked goodies such as cookies, muffins, granola, and hand crafted items, like ornaments, cards, earrings, and other. Each box will be unique and a surprise to whomever orders. Orders and payment can be placed online by clicking here or by going to Heritage > FeST > FeSTive Surprise Box. Please make payment when the order is placed. Cost: $25/ Box. 

Remember, all proceeds from FeST will be donated to support local non profit programs and organizations in Hillsborough and Orange County.

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