Letter: Public’s ‘generosity’ helps maintain trees on green
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, December 2, 2015
To the editor:
Again, I am writing to ask your support for the 17 beautiful lighted Christmas trees on the New Milford Village Green.
The bright lights were turned on the Thursday after Thanksgiving and will be turned off after New Year’s Day.
The tradition of the lighted trees set along the length of the Village Green was started by Walter Schutte in 1966.
Frank Landig, his former employer, at the Village Hardware Store continued this practice for many years in his memory with the help of the New Milford United Methodist Men, and it continues today for the 49th consecutive year.
The beautiful trees for the Village Green are Connecticut-grown and were purchased this year from the Angevine Tree Farm in Warren.
Many people have told me over the years they enjoy driving past the Village Green on their way home from work or shopping in the evening to view the lights on the trees.
Others make it a special place to visit with their young children and friends from out of town when the snow is softly falling and the trees are all aglow with many sparkling colors.
Some even remember sitting on Canterbury hill as a child in the late 1960s and early 1970s waiting for the lights to magically appear on the trees on a December evening.
Each year, contributions to the Walter Schutte-Frank Landig Memorial Christmas Tree Fund help to keep this tradition alive.
Funds donated to this project pay for the trees, light bulbs and other essentials.
Members of the local United Methodist Men’s organization of the New Milford United Methodist Church donate their time to cut the trees down at the Angevine Tree Farm in Warren, transport the trees from Warren, set them up on the green, string the wires and add the multi-colored lights, and take them down.
Funds received and not used for expenses are used by the UM Men for scholarships at the high school and local community agencies.
Donations toward the Schutte-Landig Memorial Christmas Tree Fund may be mailed to the attention of UM Men, New Milford United Methodist Church, 68 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776.
We thank you for your past generosity and we hope everyone will continue their generous support again this year.
New Milford United Methodist Men