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Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Celebrates Success of Festival of Trees "Books Come Alive" Event

Nearly 300 guests gathered to wonder through the gardens and view 25 magnificently decorated trees individually underwritten by various businesses, civic groups and individuals.  The themes were universal in commemorating timeless classic and contemporary children’s   literature including Curious George, The Polar Express, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Peter Pan, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Wizard Of Oz.  “It was an enchanting experience for not only the young but also the young at heart,” said Cynthia Palmieri, Managing Director at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.  “There were tears of joy from the crowd when the children from Florida Classic Ballet performed.  We were so proud of all the participants who included children from the Palm Beach Atlantic University Stringendo School for Strings, Palm Beach Principle Players, and The Dreyfoos School of the Arts.  We couldn’t have asked for a more magical evening.”
 The Festival of Trees “Books Come Alive” event continues daily from Thursday December 11 – 14.   The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens has also joined forces with the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition December 9 and 12, and then each Wednesday throughout January in celebration of National Book Month.  “The Festival of Trees Books Come Alive theme serves as the perfect backdrop to Literacy Days,” says Pamela Larkin Caruso, Community Enrichment Director for the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden.  “We are also creating an incentive that offers anyone who brings a new children’s book to the museum, one free admission on December 6th, 7th, and 11th – 14th.  Each donated book will then be distributed to children throughout Palm Beach County prior to the holidays.”
The Festival of Trees raises money to support the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and its Community Enrichment Program. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ Community Enrichment Program is designed to provide cultural opportunities to all populations, through innovative programming incorporating the visual arts, environmental awareness, and interpretive history of Ann Weaver Norton.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door and go to support the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. For Groups Sales please call 561-832-5328.  Parking is available at the Unity Church.
To learn more on how you can be part of this fundraising event to support the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens or for additional information regarding admission tickets or volunteering please call 561-832-5328 or email annorton@bellsouth.net.  To view the latest schedule of events at the garden, please visit: www.ansg.org
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The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982).  The gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL. The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday. 11- 4 p.m. 
If you would like more information on this topic or to schedule an interview, please call Linda Soper at (561) 655-2208 or email: linda@lindalanemarketing.com

Photo Credits: Lucian Capehart Photography
5669 Mieke Van Waveren and Vaughn Yeager
5678 Philip, Alexandra and Victoria Reynolds
5680 Parker, Nate, Winn, Katherine, Mercer Ward
5691 Carole Ruhlman and William Strawbridge
5695 Victoria and Minot Amory
5697 Performers from Florida Classic Ballet
5702 Penny, Maxwell and Keith Williams
5711 Chad Renfro and Linda Soper
5751 ANSG
5754 Ted and Jane Tarone, Lori and Michael Bernstein

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