The Block Island Times

Lobster Pot Christmas Tree brightens the island for its third year

By Margie Comings | Dec 01, 2013
Photo by: Margie Comings Volunteers help assemble the Lobster Pot Tree on the weekend of Nov. 24.

Last year I was kept busy answering the question, “Are you going to have the Lobster Pot Christmas Tree again this year?” This year the question was, “When are Turtle Hatfield and his friends putting up the Lobster Pot Christmas Tree?” The tradition is now established.

The Lobster Pot Christmas Tree went up the weekend before Thanksgiving, and the lights will be turned on at dusk on Thanksgiving Day so families that are here for the holiday can enjoy it before leaving on Friday.

The Lobster Pot Christmas Tree is bigger and better, if that is possible, than last year. Turtle does not believe in doing the same thing every year, so each year he adds new items. Last year he added additional lobster pots and a new top for the tree. See if you can find what he has added this year? Turtle had to take away one thing to make the tree fit. One of the memorial benches has been removed and it will be returned in January when the tree comes down.

A huge thank you goes to Harold “Turtle” Hatfield, the organizer of this fantastic project. If you were around the weekend of Nov. 24, I am sure you saw him moving the lobster pots in the back of his truck or building the tree. Helpers included his wife, Heather, and several friends, Kate Ryan and Kate Mello, Leif Anderson, Jordan Ryan, Patrick Evans, and Armondo Cruz; as well as the Hatfield kids, Blaize and Chase, and all of their friends, especially Barrett Evans. Thanks everyone, you did a great job.

A big thank you also goes to Fred Howarth and Jon Grant for the loan of 223 lobster pots, which is how many it took to build this year’s tree. Also, a huge thank you goes to Robbie Gilpin for providing the light for the top of the tree, a lovely addition! Once again, it is a pleasure to thank the Block Island Gardeners for making the wreaths for the entranceway, Petie Hunter and Island Hardware for donating the zip ties, and the Block Island Chamber of Commerce and the Block Island Tourism Council for providing the lights.

On behalf of the Old Harbor Task Force, I want to thank the Block Island community for its continued support of the park. We invite you and your friends and family to come down, enjoy the park, and take a few photos of everyone standing in front of the Lobster Pot Christmas Tree.

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