Suzanne Faircloth, marketing and admissions coordinator at the Chatfiield Assisted Living in Brownwood, recalled preparations for the facility’s first Tour of Trees eight years ago.
Faircloth was nervous, the way someone is nervous before throwing a birthday party: would anyone show up?
The community has been showing up every year for what the Chatfield refers to as its gift to the community in the month of December: the Tour of Trees, an invitation for the public to come see more than three dozen Christmas trees donated and lovingly decorated by businesses, organizations and families.
This year’s ninth annual Tour of Trees begins with a Holiday Open House from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, which will feature a dessert buffet, holiday beverages and pictures with Santa offered to all who attend.
The trees will remain in place for the public to view throughout the month of December.
At least 37 trees will be on display.
“We’re blessed,” Faircloth said. “People have been really receptive. They really work hard to decorate a beautiful tree. The community has embraced us. It’s kind of a double gift. It’s a gift to our residents and a gift to our community.”
The 2018 Tour of Trees will feature a new display. Roy Lower, a resident of the Chatfield since July, will open up his apartment and invited guests to come in and see his electric train Christmas display.
“In 1936 my dad gave my an electric train,” Lower said. “I’ve been messing with them ever since.”
The Chatfield, at 1605 Calvert Road, opened in 2009, and the first Tour of Trees was held a year later.