The trees are trimmed, the lamps are lit, and the bidding will soon begin at the annual Festival of Trees. The Bay Area Rotary and The Mill Casino co-sponsored 13 fresh cut and three artificial tabletop trees, along with seven decorated wreaths, each with its own theme and community sponsor.
All of the decorated trees are on display in the lobby of The Mill Hotel. A family viewing reception will be held from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 in the hotel’s second floor reception area. A cookie reception and a visit from Santa are all part of the festivities. Photos with Santa will be available through the Women’s Safety & Resource Center.
The Festival of Trees auction festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Salmon Room at The Mill Casino • Hotel. A live auctioneer joins the party at 7:00 p.m. to start the bidding.
Jolly Rotarian elves will then deliver the trees within a 30-mile radius on Dec. 2. Successful bidders can choose to donate the tree to a needy family. The Mill Casino • Hotel contributes to the purchase of the trees and wreaths so that sponsorship and auction proceeds from the Festival of Trees can go directly to local charities. In addition, local vendors are used when purchasing trees and wreaths for this Bay Area fundraiser.
While all of this year’s trees are sure to put even the biggest Scrooge into the holiday spirit, the judges have spoken. This year’s Festival of Trees decoration contest winners are as follows:
Most Original: International Port of Coos Bay
Best Use of Color: Life Care Center
Best Theme: Engles Furniture
Best Wreath: Ocean Ridge Assisted Living
Best of Show: Hough, McAdam & Wartnik, CPA
Judge’s Choice: Kitty Kitchen, Bay Area Hospital and The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park Service Ambassadors
The decorated trees will remain on display in the lobby of The Mill Casino• Hotel through Dec. 1.
The 2011 Festival of Trees is November 22- December 1, 2011 at The Mill Casino. This annual event brings together local businesses, organizations and individuals to help families in need while demonstrating their holiday-decorating talents.
Many of you are familiar with our Festival of Trees logo (pictured on the right) but you probably don’t know the story behind it. If you look closely, you will see a series of paw prints in the sand.
Robert Jackson, Mill Casino graphic design extraordinaire, recently shared his story of this photo and I was so moved by his candor, I wanted to share it with you as well. Enjoy!
Remembering Biscuit -By Robert Jackson
The photo that we used in The Festival of Trees logo was the very first project I worked on for The Mill Casino. We’d only been in town for two days, and I took my wife Janet and our 7-month old puppy, Biscuit, out to the beach just before sunset. You can see Biscuit’s paw prints in the photo. I was so afraid he was going to jump right in the middle of the project before I got the picture taken.
We originally took Biscuit as a “foster dog,” to keep him until he was old enough to get his shots (a requirement before adoption), but we ended up being the ones who adopted him. Our experience with fostering dogs later helped us with the courage to become foster parents, where again, Biscuit (and our previous rescue, who also died this summer) became a great asset in helping kids through periods of personal turmoil. Biscuit may not have known it, but he became one of the ones doing the rescuing.
That’s what the Festival of Trees is about — reaching out to families who can use a lift. And when you help someone, sometimes it gives them the opportunity to help someone else. Even something non-essential at face value, such as a donated holiday tree, may give a family a little bright spot.
Donated trees aren’t the only way the Festival of Trees extends help to families. As an employee of The Mill, it’s important to me that we make gestures such as sponsoring the Festival of Trees, our holiday canned food drive slot tournament, and so many other good works throughout the year. Maybe, just maybe, someone who gets a lift from The Mill will be able to turn around and do something good for someone else. We’re all connected that way.
Biscuit passed a couple of months ago and I miss him. It’s warming to think that his paw prints have been a key part of this fundraiser for a ninth time. I don’t look at the Festival of Trees poster and see symbolism in Biscuit’s paw prints. He was just my happy boy, and that’s a memory of a happy day. But if he’s been part of something that helps more kids – more families – that would certainly be fitting.
Don’t stay at home over the Thanksgiving Holiday- come play, dine and stay at The Mill Casino! Try your luck in our new iGaming Lounge, at one of our 700 slot machines, or one of our exciting table games like Craps, BlackJack, and Roulette. Here are some of the highlights of events happening at The Mill Casino the week of November 21-27:
The Saw Blade Buffet will host their annual Thanksgiving Buffet Thursday, November 24 from 11am to 8pm. Let us cook for you! We have it all the traditional favorites and then some: Roast Tom Turkey with Pan Gravy & Cranberry, Creamed Potatoes & Gravy, Glazed Candied Yams, Assorted Biscuits & Muffins, Holiday Salad Bar with all the Trimmings, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Apple Pie and that is not all! Click here to learn more
2011 Festival of Trees Each year, The Mill Casino is transformed into a holiday wonderland with beautifully decorated trees and wreaths that are auctioned off to help benefit local families in need. The trees will be on display November 22, 2011 – December 1, 2011. FREE ADMISSION. Click here to learn more
Thanksgiving Cribbage Classic November 25- November 27, 2011: For complete information including entry fees, tournament schedules, etc. contact Larry or Donna Hassett 541-672-1474 or email at ACC@cmspan.net. Click here to learn more
Live Entertainment at Warehouse 101
Don’t miss Comedy Night on Wednesday November 23 featuring comedians Adam Norwest with Andy Wood: Two Shows 7 & 9 pm.
Merrill will be live in Warehouse 101 on Thursday November 24- Saturday November 26, 2011 9pm – 1am! This Portland based band brings you music that manages a soulful past with a blend of rhythm and rock to form a sound that transcends categories. Merrill has opened for bands such as Maroon 5 and Counting Crows, and played the 2007 Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle among artists like Crowded House and Kings of Leon.
Warehouse 101 Civil War Football Event on November 26, 2011 at 12:30pm PST. Watch the big game on one of our 7 plasma screen TVs! This event features trivia, free football pool, free popcorn, party favors and more!
The Mill Casino Millionaire$ Club enjoy perks and discounts and get more chances to win big! Click here to sign up for free.
Beginning November 20 Millionaire$ Club members can earn entries to Win a 2012 Chevy Silverado and a share of over $14,000! Grand Prize drawings December 18. Click here to learn more!
Every college football fan knows there is a pretty big game coming up right here in Oregon. Each year, arch rivals Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers battle it out in a game that is known across the country as Civil War Football.
The rivalry between these teams runs deep and this tradition is the kind of game college football fans live for. If you didn’t score tickets to the big game this year, watching it at at Warehouse 101 in The Mill Casino is the next best thing!
Are you a Duck or a Beaver? Either way, don’t miss the Warehouse 101 Civil War Football Event on November 26, 2011 at 12:30pm PST (come early!). We will feature-
- Party Favors
- 30+ Microbrews on Tap
- Free popcorn
- Trivia for prizes
- FREE football pool
- 7 plasma screens
Wear your colors with pride! Support your team! We are the place to watch the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers battle it out at Autzen Stadium in Eugene Oregon at 12:30pm PST on Saturday, November 26.
When you enter the new iGaming Lounge in The Mill Casino, you step into the future of personalized casino gaming. We recently became the first and only casino in Oregon to offer casino gaming on iPad® mobile devices.
The iGaming Lounge was designed by the team at Acres 4.0 and allows guests to select from a variety of casino games that are available on the iPad® and connected to the casino through a highly secure wireless network. The wireless network allows players to take their personal gaming devices anywhere in the lounge to play with a group of friends or to simply to find a quiet spot to themselves.
Players entering the lounge are greeted by an iGaming host who will provide them with a personal gaming device as well as help them get started playing the games. Special room lighting is in place to enhance the visual impact of the games. Customized seating in the lounge is designed for guest comfort and ease of play. Food and beverage service also is available in the lounge.
The iGaming Lounge can be a great location for a party or celebration,says General Manager Larry Close.We really view this room as a whole new way for guests to enjoy the entertainment value of casino gaming. Whether they are with a group, a partner or on their own, we want to help guests at The Mill to create their own casino experience.