The holiday event of the season is back! Don’t miss the 3rd annual Trees and Teas Festival presented by Gulf Coast International Properties. From November 29 – December 18, The Naples Players lobby will be filled with trees designed by local artists in the theme of some of your favorite productions like Hairspray, Cruella, The Nutcracker, Wicked, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and more! This year, we’ve pulled out all the stops and you’ll be amazed by over-the-top dazzling decor.
The holiday season is even more enjoyable with a cup of tea in hand. The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Naples has planned a weekly selection of their favorite holiday teas for you to sample. A pop-up gift shop featuring teas, treats, holiday wreaths, and mini trees will offer something special for anyone on your nice list!
Director of Volunteer Advancement, Pamela Larkin Caruso says, “This important fundraiser brings local artists, businesses, donors, and families together to showcase their creative talents and love for the arts. It also brings new community members into the fabric of TNP as we head into the holiday season and a new year. We are very grateful for the supporters of our Trees and Teas Festival, including our tree decorators who have been working on their designs since summer, our generous sponsors, and our volunteers that collaborate to make it possible. Their gift of time and treasure is a true holiday gift to our community.”
The Naples Players would like to thank the title sponsor of the Trees and Teas Festival, Gulf Coast International Properties, as well as season sponsor and tree sponsor, Porsche Naples. Additional tree sponsors are: Build, Florida Gulf Coast University, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Nancy Woolf, Diane Davis & Terry Libby, The Cast of Calendar Girls, Glenn & Denise Miller, Brenda DiNorcia, Nancy Hayer & Rosemary Erb, Barbara Davin & Nancy Ribordy, and Hilton Moving & Storage.
This year’s Trees and Teas Festival designers are as follows: Seacrest Robotics – Rob Paxton, Jackie Morelisse, Dot Auchmoody & Mark Vanagas, The Cast of Calendar Girls, Pamela Caruso & Gabriela Goldberg, Cole Butcher & Manda Smith, Claribel Bocanegra & Andres Paz, JamieLynn Bucci, Carly Zeuner & Traci Reader Zeuner, Lovetto Design Inc. & L.A. DeRiggi, Jessica Walck, Alyssa Haney & Kat Ebaugh, Nancy Hayer & Rosemary Erb, Cathy DiFloria, Judy Smith, and Mike Santos.
If you have tickets to A Christmas Carol: The Musical or other ticketed performances during this time, you get free entry to the Trees & Teas Festival! Two fundraisers are scheduled as part of this year’s Festival: on November 28, a VIP Pre-Show Opening hosted by FineMark National Bank & Trust, and on December 8, a Christmas Tea among the trees. Tickets to these fundraising events are $100 and $150 respectively, and proceeds will benefit the highly regarded programs at The Naples Players, in addition to supporting The Naples Players’ hurricane relief efforts.
Individual tickets to the Trees and Teas Festival are available at Naplesplayers.org, by calling the box office at 239-263-7990, or by stopping by as a walk-up guest. The 3rd annual Trees and Teas Festival is open November 29 – December 18, from 12pm-9pm, Tuesday – Sunday. Admission is $10 per person and children under 6 attend for free.
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The Naples Players is a non-profit community theatre committed to the enrichment, education, and entertainment of our community through a superior theatre experience. For more than 67 years, the theatre has served as the cultural jewel of Downtown Naples, Florida.