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.,, ," POS,T.-GAZETTE;JAfi13Rf - 1  5, 20.10 "', Page9 by fIilda M. Morrill Nicole Bettencourt and her daughter Hannah decorate a tree for MassHort's "Festival of Trees" at Elm Bank in Wellesley. (Photo courtesy of Neal Sanders) The Massachusetts Horti- cultural Society's recent "Festival of Trees" at their Elm Bank headquarters in Wellesley was such a suc- cess that "plans are already underway for a 2010 edition that will be bigger, better and, well, more festive." "It exceeded every expec- tation," doyce Bakshi, chair of the event, was quoted as saying. "We drew more people than we thought and attendance kept climbing because of great word of mouth. The trees were even more beautiful and imagina- tive than we hoped." "We learned so much," Bakshi said. "Next [festival] we'll have afternoon hours to accommodate groups and after-school crowds. We'll have more decorations out- doors along the pathways to the gardens and lots of out- door lights. We had many requests for a Santa Claus appearance and so we've made some queries to the North Pole. We'll also be open one day longer ... we're targeting a minimum of 60 trees for 2010." "We already have commit- ments ..... " she added. "People loved being a part of such a family-friendly event and they can't wait to do it again. Just give us a call and we'll get back in touch." For more information about participation in the 2010 Festival of Trees, please call 617-933-4900 or visit Incidentally, we were de- lighted to learn that the upcoming Boston Flower & Garden Show will incorpo- rate MassHort's participa- tion via "Blooms! 2010." The Paragon Group, the Guests enjoy MassHort's "Festival of Trees" Preview Party at Elm Bank. (Photo courtesy of Neal Sanders) sponsor of the Boston Flower & Garden Show, will be responsible for landscape exhibits, vendors and most speakers. MassHort's "Blooms! 2010" will include amateur horti- culture, floral design compe- titions, Ikebana displays, and coordination of more than twenty exhibiting plant societies. MassHort will also sponsor a full day of talks built around "Gardening Essentials." The Boston Flower & Gar- den Show, "A Feast for the Senses!" takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, from Wednesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 28. There will be a Gala Preview Party on Tues- day, March 23 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Be sure to visit your col- umnist's gardening website, and sign the Guest Book for a chance to win two free tick- ets to the 2010 Boston Flower and Garden Show, courtesy of the Paragon Group. For more information about the Flower & Garden Show, be sure to visit www.paragonexpo, com. ....... Direct from the world famous Apollo Theatre in New York City, a brand new, sensational stage pro- duction of "Dreamgirls!" Is scheduled for Boston's Colonial Theatre from February 2-14. Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, "Dreamgirls!" tells the rags- to-riches story of a 1960s Motown girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tony and Grammy-win- ning Tom Eyen, "Dream- girls!" features the unforget- table hits: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only" and "Listen." Broadway director and cho- reographer Robert Long-bot- tom and co-choreographer Shane Sparks (TV's "So You Think You Can Dance"), along with some of Broad- way's top designers, re-envi- sion this Tony and Academy Award-winning musical "so it sparkles like never before." For tickets or more infor- mation, call 1-800-982- 2787, or visit the official "Dreamgirlsr" website at ....... The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) welcomes new and old friends to visit their galleries free of charge on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. In addition to complimen- tary gallery admission, Interior designer Susan Dearborn prepares her tree at Elm Bank. (Photo courtesy of Neal Sanders) MASS MoCA is offering a full day of activities and tours. Free tours will leave from the lobby every 30 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m. Visitors can also win prizes by competing in an Ikea furniture assembling contest, watch a hip hop dance demo, take pictures in the MASS MoCA photo booth, visit "Kidspace" to view exhibitions and make their own art, listen to local musicians in the caf6, and enjoy complimentary cake and free ice cream samples from Lickety Split. In the evening Afro Cuban Hip Hop drummer and band leader Pedrito Martinez will keep the dance floor packed in the Hunter Center start- ing at 8 p.m. with a rocking dance party to cap off Com- munity Free Day. Paid tickets will be re- quired for the evening's dance party. Dance instruc- tion will be provided by Jacob's Pillow Dance. "On this special commu- nity day, we hope to encour- age new visitors to give us a try, to welcome back old friends, and to thank our neighbors for their contin- ued support. We're particu- larly grateful to Amtrak for its support of this commu- nity event." said Joseph C. Thompson, MASS MoCA director. "While the 'LeWitt Retro- spective' has been open for over a year and thousands have visited, we know there are many who have yet to visit this landmark exhibi- tion which has been com- pared in importance to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and was chosen by (Continued on Page 13) I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530