The Muskegon Museum of Art’s annual holiday event, the Festival of Trees made some adjustments this year. In consideration of community health, the MMA staff and FOT volunteer committee decided to spread the holiday spirit into downtown. The MMA, collaborating with downtown businesses and attractions, organized a new version of the annual holiday event – Festival of Wreaths – a wreath walk event that people could enjoy from the sidewalk or street from November 24 through December 6, 2020.
About Festival of Wreaths
Before the event, MMA Assistant Director Catherine Mott commented, “The Festival of Wreaths will work two-fold, inspiring the holiday spirit and encouraging people to walk and explore downtown Muskegon.” Each participating downtown business or organization hosted a designer wreath provided by the MMA in a window facing the street or sidewalk from November 24-December 6. The MMA also presented a small gallery display of decor during the run of the Festival.
A Walking Guide with the location of all the wreaths was available at the Muskegon Museum of Art Store and at participating businesses starting November 24.
ONLINE WALKING GUIDE with the location of all the wreaths was available at the Muskegon Museum of Art Store and at the participating venues.
Festival of Wreaths Events
Festival of Wreaths Auction
Designer wreaths in over 40 downtown businesses and decor items at the Muskegon Museum of Art were available to bid on during Festival of Wreaths in an online auction. The MMA provided wreaths that area designers decorated in many different styles. Proceeds from wreath sponsorships and auction purchases contributed important funds toward MMA programs.
Hot Cocoa Hop & Food Drive
The Muskegon Museum of Art served free hot cocoa at a Small Business Saturday outdoor event on November 28 in the MMA parking lot from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The event encouraged encourage participants to check out all the downtown Muskegon Wreath Walk displays and to shop at and visit local downtown Muskegon businesses and attractions.
The event was also a one-day food drive to support our neighbors. Barrels of canned and packaged groceries were donated to help stock the shelves of the Harbor of Grace food pantry. Donors received free museum admission tickets in exchange for food donations.
Photo by Ekaterina Iatcenko, Shutterstock
Wreath art by Gruzelia, Shutterstock
Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers that made this success of this event possible!
2020 Festival of Trees/Wreath Walk Presenting Underwriter
Hot Cocoa Hop Sponsor
Auction Gallery Sponsors
FRANK & SUSAN BEDNAREK
Candy Cane Sponsors
SHERRY & PETE BROWN
PETER & REGINA SJOBERG
TED & JUDY STOJAK
Walking Guide Sponsors
RONI K. DEVLIN
TED & JUDY STOJAK
Waddell & Reed, Financial Advisors
Jackie Engel, CFP®
Yard Sign Sponsors
Hot Cocoa photo by Ekaterina Iatcenko, Shutterstock
Wreath graphic by Gruzelia, Shutterstock