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COVID-19 won't stop lobster trap tree from growing in Rockland

Tree to be built next week, lighting to be livestreamed Nov. 27
Nov 17, 2020
The 2019 construction of the lobster trap tree in Rockland is pictured here. The 2020 tree construction will be Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Rockland — Construction of Rockland's lobster trap tree has been delayed until early next week.

The tree was to have been built beginning Nov. 17, but due to a scheduling issue, the plan is to erect the iconic tree early next week.

The tree will be built by Coast Guard volunteers Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Mildred Merrill Park, overlooking Harbor Park.

The lobster trap tree has been a tradition in Rockland since 2005. The tree will be built with about 155 donated traps Brooks Trap Mill to create a 40-foot high structure.

The tree is adorned with 2,500 lights, 600 feet of natural green garland, and more than 100 lobster buoys. A large lobster sits atop the tree. The construction takes about four hours to complete.

This year, the Lobster Trap Tree Lighting Celebration will broadcast online via livestream on the Rockland City Website at rocklandmaine.gov. This is to avoid health risks that can come with crowds, and the City of Rockland has asked there be no gathering or parade.

The tree lighting will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, concluding at 7:30 p.m. Production for the event will be handled by Chromuniqué Audio-Visual of Rockport, and the live stream is sponsored by Camden National Bank.

The annual Festival of Lights parade has been canceled to prevent large gatherings occurring and spreading COVID-19.

A new event this year is the Elfie Scavenger hunt, sponsored by The First National Bank.

Each week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, five elves will be Missing on Main Street, and participants will be tasked with finding them. The elves could be in any downtown business, so it will be important to pick up clue cards from local businesses for hints as to where the elves can be found.

The story of the missing elves with be posted at Santa's Workshop Nov. 28. Downtown businesses will have special elf promotions and menu items to enhance the elfish theme.

Once all missing elves are located, simply drop off a completed clue card back at Santa's Workshop by the tree, using Santa's Mailbox. Each week, the owner of a randomly selected correct clue card will win a fun surprise gift.

The annual raffle for the traps in the Lobster Trap Tree, or a cash prize, is already under way. This year the tickets can be purchased online. Go to go.rallyup.com/lobster-trap-tree to buy a ticket for $50, or three for $100, through New Year’s Eve.

“We will have two winners, and winning recipients will have their choice of accepting 50 brand new lobster traps or a cash prize of $2,200,” said Rockland Main Street president Jake Miller. “This raffle is open to anyone who would like to participate, and no more than 500 tickets will be sold. Please consider supporting Rockland Main Street through this initiative, and good luck!”

The prize drawing is scheduled to take place Sunday, Jan. 3. The Lead Sponsor for this year’s Festival of Lights is The Island Institute. The 2020 Annual Festival of Lights Celebration is a production of Rockland Main Street, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the economic and cultural life of the downtown district, for the benefit of businesses and the public.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 21, 2020 08:17

What a pleasant surprise to walk uptown this morning and see the holiday lights lit.  Thank you, Rockland!!  Reminded me of Merle Haggard's song, "Natural High".  Everybody have a great day!

Merle Haggard - Natural High (Live at Farm Aid 1985) - YouTube



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 18, 2020 13:31

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE COAST GUARD VOLUNTEERS!

 



Posted by: Laurie Smith | Nov 17, 2020 08:24

Wouldn't it be awesome if our downtown could be decorated for Christmas well?  I used to love seeing those when I was little.



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 16, 2020 15:13

Git it up and git it lit; along with all of our holiday lights. We need the atmosphere brightened our spirits up before we all go stir crazy. Are you ready? I am!! :)



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