The 1899 Bar and Grill is holding a Festival of Trees to raise money for the victims of natural disasters that have struck North America in recent months.
The restaurant, led by operations director Gee Gee Basone, is decorated this holiday season with five trees, each decorated by a local “tree artist” and ranging in themes from a “Random Acts of Kindness” advent tree, with 24 different suggestions counting down until Christmas, to “Old Hollywood Glam” and “Tropical Getaway” themed trees. The “Sugar and Spice” tree, based on a baking theme, boasts an array of cookies and confections representing the sweeter side of the holidays.
The trees were unveiled at an 1899 reception in November and a silent auction is underway, allowing the public to bid on the trees until Dec. 5. The bids start at $150 and go up in $50 increments, with all of the proceeds going to Direct Relief, an organization working to provide aid to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Maria, the earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the California wildfires. Anyone can take part by stopping by the 1899 to check out the trees and place their bid. Winning bids will be announced on Dec. 6 and the trees will then be transported to their new homes to brighten the season for a local family while providing assistance for other communities.
Additionally, NAU faculty can get an 18.99 percent discount at the restaurant Dec. 1-18, when it closes for winter break.