Ring in the Holidays with the Custom House Maritime TreeNovember 14, 2020
Ring in the Holidays with the Custom House Maritime Tree
Contact: Joan Whitlow
Custom House Maritime Museum
The Custom House Maritime Museum is excited to debut the Custom House Maritime Tree on Friday, December 4, 2020.
According to Susan Bernhard, chairperson of the museum board: “To reflect Newburyport’s community spirit, replica boating life rings will be used as ornaments, tied together to reflect how we depend on each other in these pandemic times. The tree will be reminiscent of tall ship rigging, reflecting the heritage of our maritime port. “
Businesses, schools, families and individuals are invited to celebrate the season by decorating the 30-foot rope-made tree with artfully ornamented life rings. Joan Whitlow, museum executive director, noted “It is our hope the 30-ft “tree”, lighting up the harbor-facing lawn this holiday season, serves as a beacon of hope for the new year.”
Local cultural nonprofits are also participating as a way to raise money for their organizations, or just raise awareness of their role in the community:
The Museum of Olde Newbury is making the tree topper (which can also be used as a garden adornment) to be auctioned off after the event; Lowell’s Boat Shop will place a boat at the base of the tree – great thing for kids to play in and a perfect back drop for a family photo; The Actors Studio of Newburyport is decorating the base of the tree with mock gift bags. The gift bags represent bags are for sale – $20. Each bag has an item – acting class, t-shirt etc. Also participating are the Newburyport Choral Society; The Firehouse Center for the Arts; the Newburyport Art Association; and Merrohawke Nature School.
Newburyport Bresnahan students, guided by Pamela Standley-Jamison, M.Ed Visual Art Education Teacher, are decorating 360 rings, sponsored by Finneran and Nicholson, P.C. , as an art project.
Replica life rings, ready for decorating, can be purchased by the public and local businesses starting November 4. Says Bernhard “It’s a great family project that sparks creativity and imagination. Decorate the life rings any way you like: add paint, garland, messages, or dedications. We will hang them on the tree, and you get to keep them at the end”.
Replica life rings come in 3 different sizes: 6 Inch rings for $10 , 10 Inch rings for $25, and 15 Inch rings for $100. The life rings are available for purchase online at http://buyalifering.com, the museum gift shop, and other local retail outlets, but supplies are limited. If you purchase your replica life ring online it will be available for pickup in the museum gift shop beginning November 5. All ring proceeds benefit the Custom House Maritime Museum.
CHMM Life Ring Order Form (2) (2)