May 17, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

Festival of Trees delighted all

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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.

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