VERO BEACH – Riverside Children’s Theatre Festival of Trees committee members recently hosted a thank you party to honor the many local designers and participants who have contributed to the event over the years. “This is the second year we’ve had a party. It’s a great way for them to all get together and compare notes about what they’re going to do for the coming year,” says Linda Downey, RCT Director of Education. Ruth Ann Holt, who designs at least one tree each year, was recognized for 11 years of participation. “She has been designing trees since the beginning and sometimes also constructs life-sized Father Christmas figures to stand alongside the trees,” added Downey. Festival of Trees 2009, which is the major annual fundraiser to support Riverside Children’s Theatre educational programs, is set for Nov. 20 to Nov. 22. Designers are given the tree or wreath and whatever they put on the tree is their donation. Thirty designers are currently on board, and they anticipate having about 20 more participate. Information: Call (772) 234-8052.