Tuesday, November 27, 2018
The Kent Circle tree lighting this Sunday represents the continuation of a great international tradition and genuine community spirit. This year we lit the tree in honor of my brother Brian who recently passed away. For decades, my brothers Ringo, Brian and I have worked together, along with a hardy group of dedicated volunteers, to decorate Kent Circle and erect and light the Christmas tree.
Despite the gusty weather, hundreds of people arrived to enjoy the festivities and to help light the 36-foot balsam fir tree. Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Gloucester’s sister city, provided us with our tree as part of an ongoing international exchange – we in turn have sent books and materials for their public library and the contributions of tree saplings from the Topsfield Fair to Shelburne. Topsfield Fair, America's oldest agricultural fair, has continued in its annual contributions of tree saplings to beautify Shelburne.
Joining us again this year was David Alward, Consul General of Canada to New England. I truly appreciate his kind words and his apt description of the unique bond between the sister cities, that bond represents a strong and enduring relationship. Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, accepted the tree on behalf of the people of Gloucester.
The dedication and lighting of the tree took place after the Christmas parade which started at the State Fish Pier and traveled through downtown before coming to Kent Circle. The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop led by Heidi Dallin sang carols and there was a musical performance by Alexander and Josh. Attendees also enjoyed hot chowder, popcorn, hot chocolate and a spirit of merriment.
The Tarr family is grateful for the contributions of the volunteers and hopes that you and the people in your life and hometown enjoy this special time of year.