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Hancock Library's Holiday Tree Gala celebrates the giving spirit

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALDHoly Trinity Catholic School art teacher Michelle Logan decorates the school's tree at the Hancock County Library in Bay St. Louis on Monday.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALDHoly Trinity Catholic School art teacher Michelle Logan decorates the school's tree at the Hancock County Library in Bay St. Louis on Monday. SUN HERALD

BAY ST. LOUIS -- If you ever wondered just how many ornaments you can get on one tree, ask Michelle Logan.

The art teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Bay St. Louis loads hundreds of ornaments made by her students onto two trees.

One of those trees is part of the Hancock County Library System's 21st annual Holiday Tree Gala. On Monday, Logan and some of her parent helpers were decorating this year's edition of the tree.

"It's a tight squeeze" to get all the ornaments on, she said.

There are about 260 students who make one to three ornaments each.

Half go on a twin tree at the school.

"Every year, I have parents go, 'Michelle these aren't all going to fit,' and I'm like, 'Yeah they will, just keep hanging.'

"It's pretty full by the time we get finished."

It's a year-round project for Logan. "Before this tree is finished, I'll start thinking about the theme for next year," she said. "During the summer, I start designing the ornaments" for the children to make.

This year, the tree gala will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library in Bay St. Louis.

"More than 50 businesses, organizations and schools are displaying trees this year," said Courtney Thomas, library system executive director.

The theme for the event is Giving, and the interpretations of the theme are varied.

Kelli Billips created a three-dimensional reproduction of the cover of Shel Silverstein's book, 'The Giving Tree,' for the Hancock Resource Center.

Statewide Insurance Services' tree is surrounded by nonperishable food that will be donated to a local food bank after the gala.

Entertainment will be provided by the Hancock County Children's Choir at 1:30 p.m., and the South Hancock Elementary Children's Choir at 2:30 p.m.

Santa will be on hand, and punch and cookies will be served.

The Bay-Waveland Garden Club also will host a small standard flower show, Christmas Traditions, in the Seal Meeting Room.

Hanukkah, the Jewish celebration that begins at sundown Sunday, will be represented in the display case at the Bay library.

The Christmas trees will be on display through the end of the month.

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