Folks in need of a dose of holiday magic might want to drop by Old North State Winery over the next couple of days.
With the advent of the annual Surry SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) Parade of Trees, the restaurant’s dance floor has been transformed into a sparkling forest populated by different themed Christmas trees.
The trees, which are decorated by local businesses, agencies, churches and clubs, were placed on display Monday.
Bids for an ongoing silent auction will be accepted until Thursday evening at 9 p.m., the culmination of an event starting at 6 p.m.
“We’ll have live music, people can order dinner off the menu and have a great time,” said Tamara Veit, director of SCAN.
The auction serves as a major fundraiser for the local non-profit organization working to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect, according to Veit.
“It supports our ‘Parent Aide’ program,” she said, which provides intensive, in-home parenting education and counseling.
“I love Parent Aide because it’s flexible,” Veit said. “We can work with families on parenting skills, budgeting, conflict resolution, stress management – whatever that family needs.”
Families, who are typically referred to SCAN through Child Protective Services, often enter the program when in crisis due to substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.
“We help that family through that crisis and teach them the skills to prevent crisis,” said Veit.
Because SCAN can offer the service for up to 18 months, they have a chance to see real results.
“We often see families go from homeless to attending college,” Veit said.
The parade of trees also benefits Children’s Parents, a 12-week parenting class.
“Those programs would not be possible if not for this event right here,” Veit said. “I think this is an amazing example of the community coming together. In Surry County, our non-profits collaborate and work together to help families. This is an opportunity for outside agencies to participate.”
The silent auction includes a large variety of items and services in addition to the trees, such as a one-night stay at the Lonesome Pine Cabins located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, a one-night stay at the Dew Drop Inn Mayberry, rounds of golf at Cross Creek Country Club or a roasted turkey from the Mount Airy Meat Center.
Holiday decor such as a Christmas village train set, a nativity scene and a fiber optic house are just a small sample of the auction items.
The tree themes vary as well, from classic to color-coordinated; one features Santa Claus ornaments crafted by children, another features usable craft supplies dangling from the branches.
Most of the trees are on the smaller side, about three or four feet tall.
A large patriotic tree placed at the center of the arrangement was donated by the Woman’s League of Mount Airy.
“It’s the focal point,” said Lisa Goodin, who serves on SCAN’s advisory board and is also an active member of the woman’s club.
The theme of the 7-foot tree, which is bedecked with 50 stars for 50 states and five U.S. flags denoting the branches of the military, was chosen specifically.
“We’re trying to unify the community with patriotism,” Goodin said. “We’re hoping someone buys it and donates it to a veterans organization. Everybody worked like crazy to get it together.”
The tree was the resounding favorite of four Mount Airy friends who had gathered at the winery for lunch on Tuesday.
“I came to see that,” said Marie Simmons, who had caught word of the tree’s creation.
Ann Flouhouse described the entire setup as “beautiful.”
“Gorgeous,” agreed Ann Yokeley. “They do this every year, but this year is by far the prettiest,” she said, “very impressive.”
Flouhouse gestured to the tree area, stating, “it just makes me feel good to sit here and look at them.”
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.