| Beverly Cadigan, New Gloucester Historical Society |
For over 34 Christmas seasons the Historical Society and the Library have shared a tradition of “hosting” the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the New Gloucester Town Hall on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Usually the Gray-New Gloucester school chorus assembles on the front steps of the Town Hall to sing carols with folks and families gathered in the parking lot below.
At the appropriate time…about 4:45 pm…a child’s name is drawn out of a hat to have the honor of “lighting” the tree…which over the years has been replaced several times and is affectionately known as “Tiny Timber”. After one more carol, all adjourn to the Library for cookies and cocoa. And the History Barn is festively decorated and open for visitors too.
While 2020 is quite different…for many, many reasons…no gathering, no cookies, no cocoa… “Tiny Timber” will be aglow once again this year, each evening, to share cheer and hope with all who pass by!!
Please take a ride through the Lower Village and enjoy this New Gloucester tradition!
The New Gloucester Maine Historical Society & The New Gloucester Public Library wish all of you and your families Good Health and Peace this holiday season and for the coming New Year.