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Your audience is interested in what is happening in their "back yard".  Christmas tree farm articles and news segments do get attention.   For many, it is new, different, affordable and environmentally right during these times.   For others, it will even bring back the memories of being a child and the joys of finding, cutting and taking home their Christmas tree.   

We encourage your reporter/photographer and especially their family(ies) to come to the farm any weekend we are open to obtain their own pictures, interview us and even others and experience what a Mill Hollow adventure is all about.   Just let us know you are coming.   

If time is a limitation, we do have pictures, facts and back ground information on our farm and will to do a telephone interview if so desired.

Quick Facts on Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm

1.  Farm bought in 1983  

2. Farm is located 1 1/2 miles east of Oakhurst  on SH 190 and then South on Palmetto Drive 1/2 mile

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2.  Farm is located  4 1/2 miles west of Point Blank on SH 190 and then south on Palmetto Drive 1/2 mile

3.  Farm is 96 acres in size with 20 acres in Christmas trees, an acre in a vineyard and the remainder in forests

4.  Farm is very scenic being located on top of  one of the areas highest hills and surrounded by forests and running creeks

5.  Farm name, Mill Hollow,  is from the location nearby of the now vanished Oakhurst Saw Mill

6.  First Christmas trees were sold in 1986 at a retail lot on the Northwest side of Houston in the Cypress area.  This retail lot was operated from 1986 to 1994 and sold trees from the farm and also other Texas Christmas tree farms.  

7.  Choose and cut operations at the farm were started in 1988 and continue to this day

8.  Christmas trees are priced based on quality and not on size.

9.  Mill Hollow has been set up for families to create memories and long lasting traditions and especially for the children to experience the joys of being in the country and finding a real Christmas tree

10.  Mill Hollow continues to be open only on weekends since this is the best time for families with children

11.  The  customer base for Mill Hollow covers  East Texas from the Louisiana border down to Corpus Christie,   to San Antonio, to Austin  and to Dallas.

12.  Mill Hollow's source of new customers is predominantly from referrals of existing customers.    

Press Releases - Do check/change any dates if you wast to cut and paste and use in your newspaper/magazine.

2011  Letter and Press Release

Letter

November 11, 2011

Dear Editor:

Enclosed your will find a Press Release describing Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm. We are unique, enjoyed by children of all ages and located in a very scenic nearby area. In these economic times, your readers are looking for affordable, memorable and family oriented events. I am sure many of your newspaper readers would enjoy reading about us and what we do.

If you wish to send a reporter and a photographer to explore Mill Hollow, Thanksgiving Friday or the weekends are the best time. This is when families are enjoying Mill Hollow and photo and interview opportunities exist. The farm opens Thanksgiving Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be open only on weekends until Sunday, December 18..

Obviously, a visit may not be possible with the amount of news needed to be covered and deadlines to meet. To assist you, we do have a very detailed web site with a Media Page. The address is-

www.MillHollowTexas.com

On the web site, we have more information on the activities, family pictures taken at Mill Hollow, history, directions to the farm and even the philosophy behind what we do. The web site pictures and even this press release are available for downloading and using in your paper.

We are available for a telephone interview if additional information is desired. Just call one or both of the numbers below. If we happen to be out in the Christmas tree field getting the Christmas trees ready, just leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you wish to include other Christmas tree farms, they are identified at the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association site. The address is-

www.TexasChristmasTrees.com

Thank you for your time in reading our press release and visiting our web site.

Sincerely yours,

Denny and Marge Gunia

2011 Press release

For More Information:

Marge Gunia

936 377-4044 / 713 515-7011

MillHollowTexas@aol.com

www.MillHollowTexas.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm

Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm is still here with thousands of beautiful Christmas trees.

A record breaking Texas drought is still in the news with pictures of dried up ponds, brown fields and dead mature neighborhood trees. In addition, this last summer had a record number of grass and forest fires resulting in a record number of , burned family homes. If this is not bad enough, the news is also filled with depressing information about the financial problems in Europe, the condition of our economy, possible climate change, wars and other disturbing world events.

Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm was relatively unaffected by drought and untouched by area forest fires. The effects of this drought has been in the loss of the seedlings planted this year to replace Christmas trees cut last Christmas season. Even with the lack of normal rains, the mature Christmas trees were unaffected, continued to grow and look beautiful. In the five years it takes a seedling to grow and become a family Christmas tree, this year's seedling loss will not even be noticeable.

The economy is out of Mill Hollow's control. For those who have been around awhile, they can confirm that these tough trying times have happened before and realistically will happen again. The good news is that tough times historically will eventually lead to better times ahead.

During past tough times, families return to the basics of life. For many, this includes taking in uplifting, affordable and especially memorable fun experiences. One of these time tested family making adventures is getting a real Texas Christmas tree at their local Christmas tree farm. For many, this is going to Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm.

The drive to Mill Hollow is through beautiful East Texas with the farm located in the very scenic and forested hills between Huntsville and Lake Livingston just off of US 190 on Palmetto Drive. On this country road, you will go over a bridge, through the woods and up a forested steep hill until a Christmas tree farm nestled in the woods opens up before you.

Mill Hollow is more than just a Christmas tree farm. Mill Hollow is a place of fun and memories. It may be the tire rolling contest, the real tree house, the hay stack, the hay ride, the tricycle riding area, the petting dog, the grass mazes, the free "roast your own" hot dogs or even the walk through the forested trails trying to find that elusive blue bat.

How do you find Mill Hollow? Just take I-45 to Huntsville and then US 190 east to Oakhurst. At the flashing light in Oakhurst, continue another one and a half miles to Palmetto Drive. Turn right (south) on Palmetto. The farm is located at the end of Palmetto Drive. For those with GPS, the address is 500 Palmetto Drive, Oakhurst, Texas 77359.

Oh yes, the farm opens Thanksgiving Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be open only on weekends until Sunday, December 18.

We do have a special event for those who want to do the Christmas tree hunt differently. On Friday, December 2, from 3 till 8 PM, you can find your tree at dusk or even in the dark. We call it our Moonlight Adventure. This does require an RSVP, a flashlight and is held only if weather permits.

More information on the activities, events and detailed directions are on the web site, www.MillHollowTexas.com.

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2010   Press Release

For More Information:

Marge Gunia

936 377-4044 / 713 515-7011

MillHollowTexas@aol.com

www.MillHollowTexas.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm

Newspaper, radio and TV news is loaded with depressing information about the condition of the economy, possible climate change, wars and other disturbing world events. For those who have been around awhile, they can confirm that these tough trying times have happened before and realistically will happen again. The good news is that tough times historically will eventually lead to better times ahead.

During past tough times, families return to the basics of life. For many, this includes taking in uplifting, affordable and especially memorable fun experiences. One of these time tested family making adventures is getting a real Texas Christmas tree at their local Christmas tree farm. For many, this is going to Mill Hollow Christmas Tree Farm.

The drive to Mill Hollow is through beautiful East Texas with the farm located in the very scenic and forested hills between Huntsville and Lake Livingston just off of US 190 on Palmetto Drive. On this country road, you will go over a bridge, through the woods and up a forested steep hill until a Christmas tree farm nested in the woods opens up before you. Thousands and thousands of beautiful shaped Christmas trees are waiting to be selected as your family Christmas tree.

Mill Hollow is a place of fun and memories. There is a real tree house in an old oak tree. A hay ride is getting ready to leave for a relaxing ride around the Christmas trees. Near the fluttering Texas flag, you will find a haystack to play in. Miles of trails through the hilly forests beckon you to come exploring. Signs are strategically placed to tell you what has happened in the area, what critters call it home and should be avoided and some are just silly.

In a park like area, young children can crawl, climb and just play "make believe" in a log cabin playhouse. For the curious, a hand water pump needs to be pumped. For the sensitive, the petting dog Jude needs some attention. For the explorer, a small tractor needs investigating. For the hyper-active,  the tricycles need to be taken for a spin. For the competitive, a tire rolling contest is on-going. The winner of this family contest is lost in the excitement of the tire roll but sure to be debated on the ride home.

The smell from the wood log fire mingled with the fragrance of growing Christmas trees reminds one of a simpler time. Several people are sitting on the surrounding benches and enjoying the crackle and dancing flames of the fire and some are even roasting marshmallows.

If that growl is your stomach and not one of the many wild animals in the adjacent forests, it is time to eat. The hot dogs are free but you must roast them yourself on a charcoal fire to the right degree of crispness. Free potato chips and beans round off this meal. Soft drinks, marshmallows, Texas sausages and other comfort foods are also available to purchase.

How do you find Mill Hollow? Just take I-45 to Huntsville and then US 190 east to Oakhurst. At the flashing light in Oakhurst, continue another one and a half miles to Palmetto Drive. Turn right (south) on Palmetto. The farm is located at the end of Palmetto Drive.  For those with GPS, the address is 500 Palmetto Drive, Oakhurst, Texas 77359

Oh yes, the farm opens Thanksgiving Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will be open only on weekends until Sunday, December 19.

We do have a special event for those who want to do the Christmas tree hunt differently. On Friday, December 3, from 3 till 8 PM, you can find your tree at dusk or even in the dark. We call it our Moonlight Adventure. This does require an RSVP, a flashlight and is held only if weather permits.

More information on the activities, events and detailed directions are on the web site, www.MillHollowTexas.com.

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