Last night was the "gala" opening of the Festival of Trees. No, I was not invited, I was just lurking at the entrance. I think you have to own a fur coat to get on the invitation list. Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser, which features professional - and amateur - decorated trees. Most are theme trees. I've even decorated a couple of trees for organizations over the years. The trees were auctioned last night for thousands and thousands of dollars. The public gets to see the trees, and the names of who ponied up the cash, tomorrow. My daughter will be singing with an Opera Idaho chorus as part of the entertainment at the festival.