It’s dark outside, but it doesn’t have to be. Greet the upcoming solstice and the Christmas holidays at the annual Tree Festival on the town green in Lyme NH on Saturday, December 2 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
The event is sponsored by the Lyme Utility Club, which according to Pat Pippin, "was founded in 1914 as a non-profit, charitable, educational and non-sectarian organization." Pippin, the organizer-in-chief of the Tree Festival, nursed the idea for years, saw a similar event in Exeter NH, and decided to bring it home to Lyme three years ago. It takes a village, but Pippin and her crew are clearly at the helm, sending out requests on the Lyme listserv in the past few weeks for ideas, helpers, and 25-foot extension cords.
Two years ago, Parmalee, Lyme’s fictional sister city featured in Parmalee: The Web Series, sponsored the auctioned tree.
Businesses are asked to sponsor, decorate, and light a tree for the occasion; sponsors are identified on their selected trees. (A few are still available.) At past years' events, there were more than 70 trees. One special tree is auctioned off at the end of the event. All proceeds are distributed through the Lyme Utility Club to provide scholarships for Lyme students and to support other town resources.
In the meantime, there is merry-making, including sleigh rides, strolling through the trees, caroling, and nativity scenes at the churches. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 5:15 pm.
On the menu? Grilled hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate, and Thai food.
Join your neighbors in Lyme! The event is free and open to all. If you would like to sponsor and decorate a tree, or for any questions, contact Chair Pat Pippin at 603-795-2213.
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