Embassy Honors Florence Henderson With Tree Dedication At Festival Of Trees

The Embassy Theatre is dedicating a tree to Florence Henderson, an Indiana native, Broadway actress and star of the iconic sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” The popular TV mom died Thursday night.

The tree is themed "The 1960s COLOR TV Revolution." It features images from popular 1960s TV shows. The tree is decorated by Jessica Diane Designs LLC and sponsored by ABC21. The decorated tree took first place in the 2016 tree decorator awards.

Working media are welcome to photograph the tree in the theater lobby and interview guests about their memories of Florence Henderson, TV’s most popular mom. The theme of the 2016 Festival of Trees is “Holiday Memories.”

Festival of Trees is one of the region’s most anticipated holiday traditions. This year’s festival is Nov. 23-30. Lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel are transformed into a wonderland of Christmas trees under the theme of "Holiday Memories."

The festival features 58 decorated trees, animated holiday windows, visits from Santa & Mrs. Claus and festive entertainment on the theater stage. Visit www.fwembassytheatre.org for a complete lineup of activities.

Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation. The festival is the organization’s largest annual fundraising event.

The 2016 tree decorator awards were announced at the Nov. 22 sponsors’ preview night. First place was awarded to "The 1960s COLOR TV Revolution," sponsored by ABC21 and decorated by Jessica Diane Designs LLC. Second place went to "Kroger of Yesteryear," sponsored by Kroger and decorated by Kroger Floral Design. Third place was won by "A Christmas Dory," sponsored by BND and decorated by Rosie Freeman and BND Commercial.

Tickets are $8/adult, $4/ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free (ticket required). Purchase tickets at the STAR Bank box office at the Embassy Theatre, 800.745.3000 and ticketmaster.com.

The Embassy’s Festival of Trees is a holiday tradition for northeast Indiana. Visit the exhibit at the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown Fort Wayne.

Festival schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 23: Open 6-9 p.m.
Downtown Fort Wayne’s Night of Lights
Open 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Debut of animated holiday windows
Free photo fun on stage with Elsa, Olaf, the Mad Ant, Icy Eagle, Flash, Supergirl and Green Arrow.
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa Land

Thursday, Nov. 24: Open 4-8 p.m.
Thanksgiving at the Festival of Trees. Enjoy the tradition of the Festival after Thanksgiving dinner.
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Santa Land.
Entertainment:
4 p.m. – Grant Nill on the Grande Page pipe organ
5 p.m. – Cletus Goens on the Grande Page pipe organ
6 p.m. – Marilyn Ambrose on the Grande Page pipe organ
7 p.m. – Cletus Goens on the Grande Page pipe organ

Friday, Nov. 25: Open 12-8 p.m.
9:30-11:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast provided by the downtown McDonald’s. Sing-along with Santa. Storytime with Mrs. Claus. Magic show with Ronald McDonald.
Entertainment:
12 p.m. – Studio of Pure Dance
1 p.m. – IPFW Saxophone Quartet
2 p.m. – DancinKids Dance Studio
3 p.m. – Fred Astaire Dance Studio
4 p.m. – K. Monique’s Studio of Dance
5 p.m. – New Millennium Jazz Orchestra
6 p.m. – Dance Ltd.
7 p.m. – John Fishell

Saturday, Nov. 26: Open 12-8 p.m.
9:30-11:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast provided by the downtown McDonald’s. Sing-along with Santa. Storytime with Mrs. Claus. Magic show with Ronald McDonald.
Entertainment:
12 p.m. – Dance NY Style
1 p.m. – The Dance Dolls
2 p.m. – Deer Ridge Vocal Voyagers
3 p.m. – Amanaceres de Mexico Dance
4 p.m. – Tiffany & Co. Studio of Dance
5 p.m. – Julie’s School of Dance
6 p.m. – Diva Danceworks
7 p.m. – SheeKriStyle Dance Academy

Sunday, Nov. 27: Open 12-8 p.m.
9:30-11:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast provided by the downtown McDonald’s. Sing-along with Santa. Storytime with Mrs. Claus. Magic show with Ronald McDonald.
Entertainment:
12 p.m. – Starz Dance Academy / Gymnastics In Motion
1 p.m. – Starz Dance Academy / Gymnastics In Motion
2 p.m. – Center Stage Academy of Dance
3 p.m. – North Side High School Choir
4 p.m. – Northeast School of Dance
5 p.m. – Fort Wayne Dance Collective
6 p.m. – Dyson Dance Studio
7 p.m. – My Apollo

Monday, Nov. 28: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. – Kingston Senior Day at the Festival of Trees, open to all ages. Free hand massages courtesy of Aveda at Jefferson Pointe
Entertainment:
9 a.m. – Dona Longbons
10 a.m. – Marlene Lobsiger & David Blackwell
11 a.m. – Red Hat Strutters
12 p.m. – Marilyn Ambrose on the Grande Page pipe organ
Entertainment:
5-9 p.m. – NEW EVENING PUBLIC HOURS
5 p.m. – Cletus Goens on the Grande Page pipe organ
6 p.m. – Knights on the Town
7 p.m. Canterbury Choir

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Entertainment:
9 a.m. – Carroll High School Choir
10 a.m. – En Croix Dance
11 a.m. – Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School Choir
12 p.m. – Canterbury Middle School Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, Nov. 30: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.
Tots and Trees Day at the Festival of Trees, open to all ages, lots of room for strollers. Free holiday fun on stage with Elsa, Olaf, Icy Eagle, the Mad Ant, Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. Bring your cameras.
Evening entertainment: 5-9 p.m.
Community Sing-along with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir at 6:30 p.m. Tour the Festival of Trees before and after the performance. Separate Ticket Required: Adults $10, Juniors $4 (ages 4-12), Children free (3 and under) .