Fanfare: Carnegie Trees kicks off holiday social season
“I did this tree, the Wizard of Oz,” said Peggy McKnight of one of five 2,000-pound Colorado Spruces holding court in the Carnegie Museum of Art‘s Hall of Architecture. “Look at my shoes,” she laughed, pointing to a pair of sequined ruby red heels. “We can barely walk!”
And so it goes that the unofficial kick-off to the holiday social scene got underway with the annual Carnegie Trees opening party on November 29. Who was there? Who wasn’t is more like it.
“We just love seeing everyone come together,” said museum president Jo Ellen Parker among a crowd of 400.
Trucked in on a flatbed and hoisted up with rope and crane, the trees had awaited an adornment that would paid homage to beloved children’s book characters including Alice in Wonderland (designed by Jennifer Muse and Gez Ebbert), The Cat in the Hat (Janet Hunt and Gail Murphy), The Jungle Book (Carole Kamin and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History), and The World of Eric Carle (Karen Krieger and the 2nd and 3rd graders from the Liberty School).
“I worked on three of these trees,” said Ranny Ferguson. “And no, I haven’t even started to do my own Christmas decorations.”
Proceeds benefitted three service projects of the Carnegie Women’s Committee including the Carnegie Warm Welcome, Military Family Brunch and Holiday Party for Special Guests.
Spied: Women’s Committee president Mary Margaret Stamy, Heather Chronis, Tim McVay and David Bush, Kate Freed and Jack Bryce, Henry Krakovsky, Pam and Ken McCrory, Bill Modrak and Dr. Elliot Kramer, Stacy Weiss, Catherine Loevner, Nancy Byrnes, Sam Badger, Katherine Bantleon, and opening party co-chairs Sara Leone and Anna Foster.