SUGAR GROVE – The Holiday in the Grove’s first Christmas tree has died, and organizers hope to find a replacement in time for the early November lighting of the tree.
The tree was planted last year near the Sugar Grove Community House and was used during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Holiday in the Grove festivities. Marguerite Ledone, vice president of Holiday in the Grove, said the idea was to plant a tree and watch it grow with the festival.
She said the tree was in good health when Sugar Grove-based Spring Bluff Nursery donated and planted it around early October last year. Last year was the first time a tree-lighting ceremony was added as a Holiday in the Grove kickoff. She said the tree was regularly watered and taken care of, and organizers installed a sprinkler system to water it over the summer.
“We thought the sprinklers would take over, but I don’t think they quite reached the tree,” she said. “It’s deader than a doornail.”
Now organizers are looking for a replacement. Ledone said a 3-foot tree, much like the one planted last year, would be a perfect fit. She said one person has offered to donate a 6-foot tree, but Ledone said it weighs several hundred pounds and she has no way of transporting it to the community house location.
“We’re trying to get [the tree] planted before the first weekend in November so we can have our tree lighting like we’d done last year,” she said.
Holiday in the Grove is scheduled Dec. 7 and includes festivities such as breakfast with Santa, children’s crafts and activities and Cookies with Mrs. Claus, which Ledone said was a big hit when it was introduced last year.
Ledone said the festival will offer sleigh rides again this year. They weren’t offered last year because the person who previously ran them retired.
The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church is sponsoring the rides, she said.
Anyone interested in donating a new tree for the festival, or is able to help move a large tree, can contact Ledone at 630-334-8570.