Winter Festival 2022

Friends of Hospice and Talbot Hospice are gearing up for Winter Festival 2022, a series of community traditions that support Talbot Hospice’s programs and the patients and families they serve.

This year’s joint planning committee chose to name the overall event series Winter Festival to better reflect the multiple events that take place leading up to and during the holiday season. The beloved Festival of Trees will continue to be the marquee event at the Tidewater Inn in downtown Easton and will be part of a series of events that begin in October.

Pump It Up For Hospice

Saturday, October 15

Kick-up your heels and join the triumphant return of the Drag Race. Men from across the Mid Shore will “pump it up for Hospice” while racing down Harrison Street in downtown Easton in their favorite pair of high heels. The 2022 event is co-chaired by veteran “draggers,” Joe Petro and Mark Potter, and is sure to be a must-see event of the fall. Members of the community are invited to watch the race (3 p.m.), enjoy a family festival starting at 1 p.m., and more importantly, contribute in support of their favorite contestant.

Santa Fun Run 5K

Saturday, November 15

Runners and walkers are welcome for this timed 5K fun run. Get the family, the neighborhood, or the kids’ sports teams together for some cardio and quality time.

The Festival of Trees

Saturday, November 26 – Tuesday, November 29

Preview Party, Friday, November 25

“Joy Around the World” is this year’s theme for the Festival of Trees, the headlining event of Winter Festival 2022. Experience 50 beautifully decorated trees sponsored by individuals and local businesses. In addition, 50 decorated trees ranging in size from 12” to 36” will be for sale. Throughout the festival, holiday entertainment will be performed by local artists, groups and musicians along with the sale of fun gifts. The Festival of Trees at the Tidewater Inn is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday through Monday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Carols by Candlelight

Saturday, November 26

This magical free holiday event for all families in Talbot County will take place in front of the Waterfowl Building on Harrison Street from 4 to 7 p.m. The celebration kicks off with a visit from Santa and a festival “Holiday Marketplace” with local vendors and food trucks from 4 to 5 p.m. Choral groups and musicians will perform holiday favorites from 5 to 7 p.m. All spectators will receive a complimentary candle and holiday treats. Twinkling holiday accessories will be sold by Santa’s elves to help celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.

Friends of Hospice and Talbot Hospice are excited to announce that they are collaborating to present Winter Festival 2022 to the Mid-Shore Community. The Festival of Trees will continue to be a marquee event at the Tidewater Inn and will be part of a series of five events beginning in October.

Holiday House Tours

Sunday, December 4

Enjoy four lovely Oxford homes decorated in holiday splendor by Jamie Merida of Bountiful. These homes will be open to visitors for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Tickets are $35 per person and will be for sale online in mid-October.

Plans are underway, and new and returning volunteers and sponsors are always welcome. For more information, contact Mia Cranford at or John Horner at

About Talbot Hospice

Talbot Hospice provides compassionate care, comfort and support for patients and their families and caregivers wherever they call home. Talbot Hospice serves patients facing life-limiting illnesses through hospice and palliative care, as well as its Pathways and bereavement programs. Services are available to patients and caregivers regardless of ability to pay. Learn more at

 About Friends of Hospice

The mission of the Friends of Hospice, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is to raise funds for the Talbot Hospice Foundation through the annual Festival of Trees and related events.

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