Although the day after Halloween may or may not necessarily yield to the holiday season, United Way of Southern West Virginia decided to get ahead of the Christmas rush with one of its treasured traditions: its decorated trees.
On November 1, 2018, the ribbon was cut for the organization’s Wonderland of Trees at the Summit Bechtel Reserve’s Welcome Center. Around 41 fully festive trees, including 59 News’ fishing-themed tree, are currently on display for the public to gaze upon for the next two weeks. With a new host venue in Fayette County, United Way Executive Director Michelle Rotellini said she is expecting a bigger crowd at this year’s Wonderland.
“We can pull in some of those northern counties, the businesses, and also the people to get more… to come out to the event,” Rotellini said.
The Wonderland of Trees is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Those hours of operation continue through November 16, when the trees will be auctioned off to reach United Way’s goal of $50,000 this year.