The Festival of Trees sponsored by the Rutland Historical Society was again a delight for young and old. We want to thank all who attended the reading of names, and contributed to the tree lighting.
Honoring the awesome work of the Covid Vaccine Clinic this year, we asked Scott Gilroy, chairman of the Board of Health, and Seth Knipe, Fire Chief, to turn the switch to light our beautifully decorated town tree.
Thanks also to Ray and Ida Larose and all those who contributed the spectacular baskets for the drawing. Ben Frost and group made the Santa area sparkle. Thanks to Santa, Mrs. Claus and all the elves for helping families see Santa and play the Elf Game, and to the outdoor elves who kept us safe with parking.
The Boy Scouts sold food and helped make fire pits, while the Girl Scouts offered to help make the s’mores given out by the Historical Society along with punch and cookies in the special Santa’s Sweet Shoppe.
We were privileged this year to have the Shooting Stars Performing Arts Studio, Peter Pasierb, John Banach, and Steve Charette the magician, who all provided entertainment and music during the festival. Thanks to the Rutland Fire Brigade who gave rides around the common in the antique fire engine and to Denis Suchocki, who did train rides in his special Santa train.
The trees and wreaths were exceptional this year, with the Grand Prize Judges’ Award going to ‘Rufus Putnam House-Celebrating Rutland’s Tricentennial’ by the Haber and Merchant families. The Adult Tree category was won by ‘Gnome for the Holidays’ by the Putnam family, the 4th-8th grade tree category was won by the Girl Scouts of Pine Hill, and in the 3rd grade and under category, the award went to Rutland Recreation-Safe Place Programs.
The 3rd grade and under Table Tree category was won by Log Cabin Preschool. The Adult Wreath and Stocking winner was ‘Remembering Dolan’s Barn’ by Sandra Lawton, and the 3rd grade and under Wreath and Stocking category winner was The Naquag Second Graders.
In the Gingerbread categories, ‘Holiday Memories’ by Ruth Hutchins won for the Adults after the Rufus Putnam House was moved to Grand Prize, 4th-8th grade was won by Josiah Corpuz, and the 3rd grade and under winners were Kaiden and Colin Quinn with “Rutland Rocks!”.
Many thanks to all who volunteered to help make this such a special event, and to the Rutland Public Library and staff for opening their building to the Historical Society and changing their hours to match the festival.
Again, sincere appreciation to all who donated time, baskets, talent, cookies and monetary gifts. We are grateful! It was good to be back together in person again to experience community at its finest.
Anne and Scott Davis
Rutland Historical Society