New England holidays are the best! You know that fresh veil of glistening snow (fingers crossed), a decorated town tree in a quaint in rustic town green with the backdrop of a mossy stream and footbridge? That’s our town…North Stonington.
Every year, our local community gathers around the town tree for the lighting to sing carols and catch up with neighbors we’ve missed over the year. North Stonington has a community of dedicated people eager to weave creative ideas throughout this unique and magical evening.
This year, A Thyme to Cook’s Events Manager, Gina Barber and Event Coordinator, Juli Mancini joined North Stonington resident and Life Coach Andrea Willets to make the tree glisten with some creative, budget friendly DIY decor. Last year’s tree, festooned in white lights and 600 frosty Tyvek hand cut snowflakes, was a bright white confection. This year’s theme keeps it natural, colorful and earth friendly with a dash of sparkle.
A few highlights include: garlands of burgundy painted grapevines, glittered burlap stars filled with recycled bags, slivers of maple log rounds with glittered centers and sprays of bittersweet with crimson berries.
The festivities begin at Wheeler Library from 4 to 6 with the Tanglewood Marionettes show followed by the Carol Sing at 6:15 in the town green. Bring a flashlight and we’ve been told to keep an eye out for Santa, word on the street is he’s arriving by fire brigade!