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Berkshire Museum Presents Festival of Trees 2014 On Safari

Embark on a wildlife expedition through the galleries when Festival of Trees 2014 On Safariopens at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A Festive Preview Party will be held Friday evening, November 14, and the Festival of Trees will be on view to the public from Saturday, November 15 through January 4. The annual holiday event will feature more than 100 dazzling, delightful holiday trees decorated to evoke an exotic safari adventure. Don’t forget your binoculars!

The much-anticipated Festival of Trees features creative holiday trees sponsored and decorated by businesses, schools, and community organizations, inspired by this year’s theme of On Safari. The annual Festival of Trees is an important fundraiser for Berkshire Museum — the proceeds benefit the education programs that provide more than 17,000 educational experiences every year.

This year’s safari theme is inspired by Lions & Tigers & Bears: Through the Lens with National Geographic, an exhibition of compelling wildlife photography featuring 50 photos from three of National Geographic’s top photojournalists — Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter, and Paul Nicklen. Lions & Tigers & Bears exemplifies the profound impact of visual storytelling, with stunning images of these three iconic animals. In addition to the photographs, the exhibition will include natural science specimens of animals critical to the ecosystems where these apex predators make their homes. Art and cultural objects will also demonstrate the impact that these animals have had on us, as they capture our creative imaginations. Lions & Tigers & Bears will be on view at the Berkshire Museum from Friday, November 14, through January 4.