Discovery Channel to film Rockland’s lobster trap tree

Posted Nov. 17, 2010, at 7:20 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Discovery Channel will be in town Friday to film a special extreme Christmas tree show that will feature Rockland’s 30-foot-tall “tree” made of lobster traps, which will be decorated with pine garland and lobster buoys.

Although the tree-lighting ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, Rockland Main Street Inc., a nonprofit that works to help downtown businesses, will throw a special tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, for the TV network.

“They contacted me in September, and I said ‘Yeah, we’d love to have them here,’” said Lorain Francis, Rockland Main Street Inc.’s executive director.

According to Francis, who spoke with a representative from the Discovery Channel on Tuesday, the episode will not run until the holiday season of 2011.

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“It’s not this year, it’s next year. It will be a one-hour special on extreme Christmas trees, an assortment of trees,” Francis said. “[Rockland’s segment] will be several minutes long. We’ll have a good chunk of it because our story is very strong.”

The tree takes 152 stacked traps to create, and 100 of those traps will be raffled off as a fundraiser for Rockland Main Street Inc. Three hundred raffle tickets will be sold at $50 apiece, according to Francis.

Francis said that last year people gathered around the trap tree despite the rainy weather. Santa danced with children and musicians provided entertainment.

“It was a magical moment,” she said. “This is why we do it. It’s a real community event.”

Anyone who would like to attend the for-TV lighting ceremony should be at Harbor Park by 5:45 p.m. Friday.

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