TICONDEROGA The Festival of Trees, a holiday tradition in Ticonderoga, will again be held at the Hancock House. The Ticonderoga Historical Societys Festival of Trees is an established community event held yearly at the Hancock House, said Bill Dolback, historical society president. We are encouraging the entire community to support the Ticonderoga Historical Society in this project. We are extending an invitation to any local charity, non-profit organization, business, group or individual to decorate a tree and place it in the Hancock House for everyone to see during the upcoming holiday season, he said. The trees will be placed on display from Nov. 17 through the end of December. The Festival of Trees Champagne Reception will be held on Dec. 9 1-3 p.m. The judging of the trees will take place that day at 2:30 p.m. Each group or organization must provide their own tree, decorations and lighting if so desired. Artificial trees must be used to meet fire codes, also any lighting or extension cords used must be UL approved. Trees may be any size, ranging from table top to full size. Only 30 trees will be allowed to enter this year. Decorated trees should be placed in the Hancock House on or before Nov. 17. The building is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can call if special arrangements are needed. For information call the Hancock House at 585-7868 or contact Beth Iuliano at 585-7030 We need your help, Dolback said. Please consider placing a tree into this years event. Ticonderogas Hancock House, earlier known as the Headquarters House, is a reproduction of the Colonial Mansion built in Boston from 1737-1740 and occupied by John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.