Fashions for Evergreens

For the past 9 years, the Inn at Virginia Tech has hosted Fashions for Evergreens, a Christmas Tree competition.  Established in 2006, the event enourages local businesses and organizations to come up with a theme, and create a professional, designer quality Christmas tree.  The trees are on display throughout the holiday season, and members of the public get to vote for their favorite tree.

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After enjoying a Raspberry Martini at the Continental Divide Lounge, my friends and I took a tour of the trees.

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The atmosphere was magical, filled with light and color.

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Prices Fork Elementary School’s theme was a Merry Mocha Christmas

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The Virginia Quilt Museum went with a blue theme

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Matt Hagan Outdoors celebrated outdoor sports

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The Linus Project, an organization that hand makes blankets for critically ill children, adorned their entry with blankets

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Radford Health and Rehab decorated their beautiful tree with photos of residents in their younger days

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Sew Biz covered their tree with hand crafted ornaments

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What a fun evening, and we definitely felt the magic of the season.

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Before I close, let me tell you just a little bit about the Inn.  Located on the campus of Virginia Tech, The Inn is designed in the Collegiate Gothic style and like the other buildings on campus, is made with Hokie Stone.

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Hokie Stone is dolomite, a mineral found in the Appalachian Mountains (pronounced Ap – uh – latch – uhn) and is prevalent in Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama.  Virginia Tech’s quarry operations produce some 50 tons of Hokie Stone per week, or about 2,500 tons per year.  Individual stonemasons shape about a ton of stone a day

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Hope you’ve found time to enjoy the magic of the season!

Feeling the Holiday Spirit

It had been a busy day in the office, but the staff found time to put up the Christmas Tree and to add some pretty lights to the waiting room.  I was the last one out at the end of the day and as I prepared to walk out the door, I had to stop and admire the decorations.

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 The lights on the tree cast a soft reflection on the glass of the window.

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The building was quietly empty and a soft rain was falling outside,

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and the cars passing by on the highway added to the glow in the window.

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And suddenly, I was feeling the holiday spirit.