Looking back at the week in news

Festival of Trees adds to the joy of the holiday season

The Nashua Festival of Trees adds a distinct flavor to the Christmas season.

The annual event raises money for the Hunt Memorial Building, one of the treasures of downtown Nashua during the holidays or at any time of year.

As well as being a fundraiser for the former city library, the event is an opportunity to showcase the historic building, which is more than a century old – it opened to the public in 1903.

The festival takes place this weekend and the weekend of Dec. 3-4.

The trees are decorated and put on display, and the festival concludes with a raffle on Dec. 9 during the Festival Gala. Proceeds from the 30 trees that will be raffled off benefit the Hunt.

Among the groups that have decorated trees for the festival are members of Girls Inc. The tree was donated by Merrimack County Savings Bank, and the girls decorated it with a "girl power" theme, which seems extremely appropriate for an agency whose mission is just that – promoting girl power among the younger generation.

The girls decorated their tree with with dolls that depict women in different professions.

Doctors, firefighters, meteorologists – even rock stars – all are professions that are and should be open and available for girls to aspire to.

The Festival of Trees serves not only as an event to help get people into the holiday season; it’s a source of inspiration, as well.

Making Thanksgiving extra special for those in need

For more than a decade, Thanksgiving in Nashua has been synonymous with Harbor Homes, as the nonprofit’s High Street facility provides a holiday feast for the region’s needy and hungry.

Guests are greeted with the smells of a traditional Turkey Day dinner and a family atmosphere, each receiving a warm greeting to go with a warm meal. Some received a new pair of clean socks before they left, as well. Hollis Brookline High School’s jazz band and Noorda Girls dancers entertained the crowd.

The day offered a chance to "reflect and think back on all of the many blessings we had this past year," said Harbor Homes CEO Peter Kelleher. "We have so many things to be thankful for here at our agency, and the privilege of being able to help so many people."

Like the volunteers and organizers say, this is "our community," and they demonstrate the best of what Nashua has to offer. For Harbor Homes, they do it more than just during the holidays.

Support Nashua’s growing arts scene at open house

The Picker Collaborative Artists are happy in their new home on Pine Street, and are now inviting the public to a special open house next weekend.

The art galleries are now located in a former church and will host a grand opening/holiday open house from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 12-4 p.m. Dec. 4.

The Picker artists started out down the road at the Picker Building at 99 Pine St., where they all rented spaces in the four-story former mill building and developed into the city’s premier artist collective, before having to form an LLC to ensure the more than 20 artists have room to create.

Collectives like this one gives a city character and a uniqueness that is difficult to find elsewhere, as well as artwork that can make one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.