Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 22, 2012

Tree Time decorators take cues from history

It almost sounds like a Motown-inspired tree-decorating theme at the Andover Historical Society’s annual tree display this year.

Organizers called it a “Top 40” event last summer when volunteers voted on the top 40 pieces from the society’s huge collection of 15,000 pieces. Volunteers selected one piece from the top 40 and used it to inspired their decorating, said curator Carrie Midura of the society. The top vote-getter was the society’s mustache cup, popular from 1860 to 1910, she said.The Redmonds of Andover were inspired by a butter churn from the 1880’s, and the couple has lots of cows and fake butter sticks on their unique tree.

“Decorators have been so creative,” said Midura. “They were inspired by one of our pieces and just created some beautiful trees.”

It’s the society’s fifth consecutive year for a tree event, which has been officially named “Tree Time at the Society.”

This year, 30 trees decorated by 150 volunteers open for public viewing on Saturday, Dec. 1. Community groups and individuals are taking part. Two participants — Memorial Hall Library and Andover Relief Association — have been decorating since the very first year, when just a few trees were decorated.

“We’ve certainly grown,” said Midura, who sets up the trees on the main floor and second floor in every period room. The society supplies the trees and volunteers take it from there.

Can't wait for Dec. 1 for Tree Time? Party & Preview is Friday, Nov. 30, 7 to 9 p.m. $25 with wine, hors d'oeuvres. Tree Time with 30 decorated trees opens Saturday, Dec. 1, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays through Dec. 29. $8 admission, discount for children, seniors. At Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St. 978-475-2236 for more information.

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