The Festival of Trees Returns
By Holly Houser, Ocean Reef Press Manager
The third annual Festival of Trees has returned to spread some encouraging holiday cheer throughout The Reef. Located in six prominent Club locations, each expertly designed tree holds special ORC significance.
For many years, the Club displayed beautifully decorated Christmas trees around the holidays, but three years ago, Barbara Hajim, as Chairman of the House & Grounds Committee, introduced a new idea that she adapted from her northern club. Mrs. Hajim and the Committee decided to combine some of our traditional trees and expand, creating a tour unique to Ocean Reef for Members to enjoy.
Each tree has its own story:
Angel Giving Tree
Ocean Reef Business Center
This tree represents the generosity of our Members and is decorated in gifts that have been donated to children in need. You are able to donate gifts to the Membership Giving Tree, which is located in the Membership Office, between now and December 21. If you have any questions, please contact Membership at 305-367-5921.
The Orchid Tree
Carysfort Hall Foyer
World-renowned orchid growers, Robert Fuchs and Michael Coronado, created this spectacular masterpiece for Ocean Reef Club Members, decorated with more than 500 beautiful orchids heralding the Club’s colors.
Red, White & Blue Tree
Key Largo Building
Hooray for the red, white and blue! Located in the Key Largo Building, where all Inn Lobby operations are currently located, this tree symbolizes pride in the patriotic colors that are representative of Ocean Reef Club.
Featuring the Club’s burgee, this tree is one of a kind and represents the unique way of life that is so treasured at Ocean Reef Club.
The Tennis & Cards Tree
Tennis & Games Center
The Tennis & Cards Tree represents the popular pastimes offered at the Tennis & Games Center. Complete with pickleballs, tennis balls, and decks of cards, this tree is full of good luck!
The Needlepoint Tree stands tall in Town Hall, featuring Members’ handmade needlepoint ornaments. Collected and displayed throughout the years, this traditional tree has the Club’s personal touch.
The trees will be on display through Monday, January 4. If you’re out and about, take your photo with them (and your mask!) and share them by tagging #ORTree.