Christmas is Coming!  Not something that most people want to hear in August, except perhaps those who are thinking about entering the International Museum of Art and Science Christmas Tree Forest.  The IMAS Guild, which organizes this popular locally sourced annual exhibit, has chosen “Christmas in the Rio Grande Valley” for this year’s theme.  Our south Texas home is sure to inspire all sorts of creative ideas for decorating a “Valley” tree, from nature’s tropical bounty to regional endeavors such as ranching, citrus groves and other crops.  Sport is big in the RGV so why not highlight your favorite teams.  There’s also lots of art, history, folkloric groups, music, traditional foods, Padre Island, birding centers, wild animals (including endangered species), Gladys Porter Zoo, fishing, wild weather, wind farms, and let’s not forget our boundary to the south, the Rio Grande.

According to Guild Christmas Tree Forest Committee Chair Bertha Garcia, “This year’s exhibit will be limited to twenty-five trees,” so she recommends signing up early.  Also new this year the age categories are limited to grades 2 through 12 and adult organizations.  Deadline to enter is Saturday, November 13.  Set-up dates are November 30 to December 3.  The trees will be judged on Saturday, December 4 and the awards reception will be on Sunday, December 12.

Update: The Christmas Tree Forest is full. Applications are no longer being accepted. Special thanks to the IMAS Guild and all participants in the forest this year.

Make plans to visit the forest this December at the IMAS!

PHOTOGRAPH:  The IMAS Christmas Tree Forest Committee has chosen “Christmas In The Rio Grande Valley,” as this year’s theme.  Shown at a recent planning meeting are, left to right, Maria Teresa Tijerina, Kim Calahan, Linda Torline, Guild President Ofelia G. Estevis, Christmas Tree Forest Chair Bertha Garcia, Co-Chair Carm Elliott, Mary Villarreal, and Hortensia Pacheco.