ANDERSON , Ind. - Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds featured at the 2006 Paramount Theatre Festival of Trees. The public is invited to view the display of holiday trees, wreaths, and decorations during general admission hours, which begin on Saturday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Dec. 3. General admission tickets are $4 for adults and $1 for ages 5 and under.

This holiday event of trees, wreaths, and centerpieces, decorated by area designers, will fill your head with ideas of how to decorate your tree this year. In preparation for the Festival, each of the designers is provided with a plain wreath or tree. The designers then donate the ornaments and the time they spend decorating.
Most of these decorated trees and wreaths will be auctioned during the Gala, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18. The others are offered for sale during the Festival. The funds raised by the sale of these decorations will benefit the continuing operation and preservation of the Paramount Theatre Centre in addition to benefiting many other area not-for-profits.

Since 1990, Festival funds have helped with many steps in the Paramount restoration, including the restoration of the ticket office, the restoration of the outer lobby and inner Courtyard, the addition of a restroom for the physically challenged, and the installation of heating and air-conditioning for the Star Financial Bank Marquee Room. Festival funds also help finance the ongoing operations of the Centre.

In addition to offering trees and wreaths for sale, festive holiday decorations and gifts can be found in the Paramount Gift Shop. The Gift Shop offers many unique items for purchase and is open during all general admission hours and many special events.

The major corporate sponsors for this year's Festival are Community Hospital Anderson and WQME 98.7 FM. Many other businesses, individuals, and decorators also help underwrite the cost of decorations, entertainment, refreshments, prizes, and advertising for the Festival.

The Festival's young visitors will enjoy Kris Kringle Korner , which features trees decorated by area school students. Kris Kringle Korner offers visits with Santa Claus and will be open weekends and on Opening Day.

Returning this year are the special ticketed events that everyone enjoys, including Children's Magical Christmas, the Gruenewald Style Show & Luncheon, RSVP Luncheon, Teddy Bear's Special Christmas, area high school band and choir concerts, Ballet Folklorico, and the Lapel Community Concert. Returning for Opening Day this year is the Pet-a-Pal Parade in the theater featuring dogs of all sizes in their finest Christmas and holiday costumes. In addition to the annual opening day appearance by Santa, his live reindeer in training will visit the Festival from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Tickets for all of the Festival's special events can be purchased at the Paramount Box Office. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information on the Festival, or to charge by phone call the Paramount at 642-1234 or 1-800-523-4658. Visit www.andersonparamount.org for more details.


Gala and Auction 2006
The Paramount Theatre Centre, Community Hospital Anderson, and WQME 98.7 FM present "Light up the Holidays" Gala and Auction on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be the first to witness the lighting of the newest addition to the Paramount facade while viewing the gorgeous trees and wreaths that have been chosen for live auction. This night will be the only night to have the opportunity to purchase one of the gorgeous trees or wreaths at auction.

Punctuate the evening with an abundant selection of dinner and dessert hors d'oeuvres elegantly created by Jonathan Byrd 's Catering, cool beverages at the cash bar and dancing to all your favorite songs with Polly B & the Jam. Bidding opportunities on selected trees and wreaths will be led by Auctioneer Dick Symmes, along with guest emcee, New Orleans ' Kevin Belton . Kevin has appeared on numerous television shows including Blue Collar Comedy, the Food Network, and a series for the British Broadcasting Channel.

Other live auction items include a Wine Tree, a Hot Air Balloon ride and a Florida Condo vacation. Reservations are required for the "black-tie optional" Gala and are only $50 per person. To make reservations, call 765-642-1234, ext. 18 by Friday, Nov. 10. The Paramount Gift Shop will feature 40% off all Christmas items.

Grand Opening Day
Many exciting events are planned for the Festival's Opening Day on Saturday, Nov. 25. Opening day hours is from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Throughout the day visitors will be encouraged to participate in the "Mystery Pickle Contest." According to German legend the pickle was good luck. When decorating their Christmas tree, parents would place a gherkin pickle on the tree. On Christmas morning, the first child to find the pickle was rewarded an extra gift. This tradition encouraged the children to appreciate all of the ornaments on the tree, rather than hurrying to see what presents were under the tree.

On Opening Day a gherkin pickle ornament will be hidden somewhere among the decorations in the Theatre Centre. Visitors will be provided with a list of clues to the location, written from the perspective of the pickle. Individuals who find the ornament will be asked to fill out an entry form. One lucky "pickle-finder" will be drawn to receive a lucky prize. This contest has become an annual tradition for Opening Day.

The Festival's planners are very excited to announce that in addition to the arrival of Santa Claus to the festival, two of his live "reindeer in training" will stop by again this year from 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Festival of Trees Calendar

Saturday, November 18
• Gala and Auction, 5:30 p.m. - The lighting of the NEW blade marquee will take place at the Festival of Trees Gala & Auction at 6 p.m. The evening will also feature a large selection of dinner & dessert hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, dancing, and an auction of selected trees & wreaths chosen by an independent panel of judges. For reservations to the annual Gala & Auction, call 765-642-1234. All proceeds from the event will benefit the continuing operation and preservation of the historic Paramount Theatre Centre.
Black Tie Optional. Reservations are $50 per person.

Saturday, November 25
• Grand Opening Day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Enjoy continuous entertainment, children's activities, live reindeer and our "Mystery Pickle Contest." Other highlights: live radio broadcast from WQME 98.7 FM and Pet-a-Pal Parade.
• Children's Magical Christmas, 9:30 a.m in the Hardacre Ballroom - A ticket to the event includes breakfast, a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus , a special Hip-Hop with Rudolph , and balloon animals and a gift for every child. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Partial proceeds benefit the Exchange Club Family Resource Center .
• Pet-a-Pal Parade, 11 a.m.
• Polar Express, 1 p.m. - When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Tickets to the movie are free with paid general admission to the Festival of Trees.
• Miracle on 34th Street , 4 p.m. - Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless 1947 classic. Tickets to the movie are free with paid general admission to the Festival of Trees.

Sunday, November 26
• General Admission, Noon-5 p.m.
• Ballet Folklorico, 2 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre – This dance troupe of 45 young adults and children will feature dancing from many different regions of Mexico. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students, $1 for children 5 and under.

Monday, November 27
• Festival Closed to feed the Reindeer
• Anderson Fire Department's Chili Cook-Off, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Hardacre Ballroom – Taste the array of chili cooked by Anderson's finest and vote for the best! Tickets are $5. Partial proceeds benefit the AFD Women's Auxiliary.

Tuesday, November 28
• General Admission, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
• Gruenewald Style Show & Lunchoen "A Gift You Give Yourself," 11 a.m. in the Hardacre Ballroom – The event will include lunch by Joyce Barrett and style show featuring women's and men's fashions. Tickets are $15. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Partial proceeds benefit the Gruenewald Historic House.
• Student Jazz Bands, 7 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre - Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students, $1 for children 5 & under. Partial proceeds benefit schools represented.

Wednesday, November 29
• General Admission, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
• City High School Swing Choirs , 7 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre - Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students, $1 for children 5 & under. Partial proceeds benefit schools represented.

Thursday, November 30
• General Admission, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
• RSVP "A Little Bit 'O Country" Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Hardacre Ballroom – A come-and-go style lunch with a country theme featuring Madison County's singing sheriff, John Gunter. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Carry-out is available. Partial proceeds benefit RSVP.
• County Show Choirs, 7 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre - Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students, $1 for children 5 & under. Partial proceeds benefit schools represented.

Friday, December 1
• General Admission, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
• A Garfield Christmas, 7 p.m. Everyone's favorite feline is a few gifts short of true Christmas spirit, but with the help of Jon, Odie, the audience, and his newly unwrapped friends, Garfield gets an "enlightening" lesson. This lively holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as "Jingle Bells," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Deck the Halls," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," and many more. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children 12 & under.

Saturday, December 2
• General Admission, Noon-5 p.m.
• Teddy Bear's Special Christmas, 1 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre – Bring your children to enjoy a variety of entertainment including sing-a-longs, teddy aerobics, storytelling, and special appearances. Kids – don’t’ forget to bring your favorite teddy bear. Tickets are $5. Partial proceeds benefit the Gateway Association.
• Lapel Community Band, 7 p.m. in the Paramount Theatre – An evening of Christmas music is sure to warm your spirits. Band under the direction of John Parshall . Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students, $2 for ages 5 & under. Partial proceeds benefit the Lapel Community Band.
Sunday, December 4
• General Admission, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
• Festival Finale Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Hardacre Ballroom – This finale event of the Festival will feature a full lunch served by Jonathan Byrd ’s Catering. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children ages 4-12, children under 3 free. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

All ticket prices for most Festival special events include admission to the Festival of Trees. Tickets for all Festival events can be purchased at the Paramount Box Office. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information on the Festival, or to charge by phone, call the Paramount at 642-1234 or 1-800-523-4658. Visit www.anndersonparamount.org for more details.

Proceeds from the Festival are used for the continued preservation of the Paramount Theatre Centre, a brilliant 1929 Landmark The Theatre was designed by John Eberson and is one of only twelve such theatres remaining in the United States.Frank Sinatra, the McGuire Sisters, and Nat King Cole once graced its stage. The Paramount is operated by the Paramount Heritage Foundation, a not-for-profit organization serving East Central Indiana.