The Block Island Times

The Lobster Pot Christmas Tree is back!

By Margie Comings | Nov 24, 2012
Photo by: Margie Comings This shot is of last year’s Lobster Pot Tree, the first of  its kind, with lights blazing. This year’s lighting promises to be even more spectacular!

All fall I have been busy answering the question, “Are you going to have the Lobster Pot Christmas Tree again this year in Esta’s Park?”

I was always happy to respond, “Yes, it is now an annual tradition!”

As we promised last year, a bigger and better Lobster Pot Christmas Tree is back in Esta’s Park. The lights will be turned on Thanksgiving Day, so folks who are here for the holiday can enjoy it before sailing off on Friday. 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 tree. (We did last year and used it on our Christmas card.)

A huge thank you goes to Harold (Turtle) Hatfield, the mover and shaker behind this project. If you were around this past weekend, I am sure you saw him either moving the lobster pots in the back of his truck or building his tree. His helpers were his wife, Heather; his friends, Jordan Ryan and Patrick Evans; and his kids, Blaize and Chase and all of their friends. Thanks guys, you did a great job!

A big thank you also goes to Fred Howarth for the loan of 173 lobster pots, which is how many it took to build the tree. Also, a thank you to the B.I. Garden Club for making the swags on the arbors, to Petie Hunter and Island Hardware for donating the zip ties, and to the B.I. Chamber of Commerce and the B.I. Tourism Council for providing the lights.

This will be the last year that Esta’s Park bricks will be available for purchase and placement in the park in the spring. We have just 50 bricks left to sell ($125 each), so if you want “your” brick in “your” park, now is the time to sign-up. A brick makes a super gift… it is always the right size and the right color! The forms can be found on the Chamber Website and also in the Chamber Office which is located near the ferry dock.

On behalf of the Old Harbor Task Force, I want to thank the Block Island community for its support of the park over the years. We are delighted you love the park and our Lobster Pot Christmas Tree.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Suzanne D Cotter | Nov 25, 2012 01:06

The Lobster Pot Tree just cannot be beat!!!  It's so perfect and special for the special place that Block Island is!!  MEGA kudos to all who created it!

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