Thursday, September 29, 2011

Festival of Trees

Each year during the Christmas season the "Festival of Trees" is held in the Salt Lake Valley. This is a fund-raiser for the Primary Childrens Medical Center which is located in Salt Lake City proper. To participate one needs to create a Christmas tree and donate it to the Festival of Trees, they then display it and somehow auction the trees off to people who like them enough to buy. If you enjoy Christmas, Christmas Trees, and ALL things Christmas the Festival is for you! They display over 1000 trees along with all kinds of other Christmasy stuff.

This year I registered to enter a tree in the Festival. My tree will be motorcycle themed (*GASP* "NO WAY!"). I have a basic design in mind which has not been warmly received by those with good taste, but I'm pressing forward regardless; aesthetics be dammed.

Check back here at the end of November (I have to have it done by November 28th). You might want to check in before you have supper, and maybe wear some welding goggles....
This could be interesting.

Hmmmmm.....I've been asked for "teaser info"...I can only assume this is info as to how the tree will be made? The trunk will be a metal pipe, branches will be cut MC tires, decorations will be small motorcycles (matchbox, hotwheels, etc), and other MC type stuff. Having said that, the only thing I currently have enough of is the tires. If anyone wants to donate any of the other items please contact me. I hope to have the tree finished by mid November.

Thanks for reading!


Tarsnakes Down Under said...

Ken, I'm curious. How about some teaser info?

Ken said...

Tarsnakes, I've edited to include some info...does that help? Got any ideas? Thanks for reading!

Brady said...


If I didn't live in Germany, I would love to mail you a box of old Honda parts to cut and attach to something like this - I think it would be a wonderful thing to do! Too bad... It's all sitting in South Dakota. Sounds like you've got yourself a noble cause with fun backing.

Behind Bars - Motorcycles and Life

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Sir:

Stating with the essentials of a bare metal pole is the beginning of the "Festivus" pole, as presented in several classic Seinfeld episodes. But the rest of the idea is certainly as original as it gets.

I would sent you BMW parts for the tree, but that would raise its purchase price to several million dollars.

Good luck with this. It sounds like a worthy cause. I can hardly wait to see the tree.

Fondest regards,

Ken said...

Brady - Thanks for your kind thoughts, I hope you are enjoying Germany!

Jack - Thanks to you too, but I'm not sure how a BMW tree would look.. Would it have two branches, one sticking out either side of the trunk, or four branches at an odd angle hidden somewhere inside the trunk. Then there's the question of how high would the bidding have to start?