LINCOLN, Maine — Shelly Crosby doesn’t know for sure, but if she had to bet, she’d say that the mammoth Christmas tree that will go in Veterans Square on Main Street on Tuesday will be an evergreen.
“We have two that we are eyeballing,” Crosby, the town’s events coordinator, said Monday. “One is a blue spruce. The other is the regular type of evergreen Christmas tree. Conversations are leaning toward the standard evergreen tree.”
Seen as the unofficial start to the Christmas season, the placement of the tree should occur by noon, with Crosby and town Public Works Department workers picking the tree at 8 a.m.
Enfield Road residents David and Melanie Dumont are donating the tree to the town this year. The Dumonts live on a former Christmas tree farm and have donated trees previously to Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln, the Lincoln Fire Department and the towns of Lee and Lincoln, Melanie Dumont said.
“Now the trees are really too big to use in private homes, so we are happy to donate them,” Dumont said Monday.
Mark Birtz, a carpenter with Larry Ham Construction Co. and the husband of town Economic Development Director Ruth Birtz, will help town workers string lights on the tree and hang other holiday ornaments around downtown on Nov. 29.
“The tree has to be in the hole and set for a good five or six days. It needs to freeze in place so that it will free-stand,” Crosby said.
Town firefighters will use their new ladder truck to help hang lights, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.
Some of the other key holiday dates in Lincoln are:
ä The Festival of Lights holiday parade, which is hosted by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, and the tree lighting ceremony, both on Dec. 3. The parade is at 6:30 p.m. and the tree lighting will follow immediately. Fourth-graders from Ella P. Burr School will sing holiday songs at the tree lighting, Goodwin said.
ä The Breakfast with Santa at Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 4. The public is invited. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Only 300 tickets are available, so residents should buy them at the Town Office as soon as possible. Ruhl Photography will offer attendees free pictures with Santa, Goodwin said.
Businesses have already donated more than $500 to the Festival of Lights parade, which is partially funded by the town’s economic development account and costs about $1,400. Anyone interested in volunteering at any of the events listed or making donations to them can contact Crosby at 794-3372.