Letter from the Director: Vanderbilt Museum Seeks Donation of Large Tree for Holiday Season

Museum Seeking Perfect Holiday Tree!

September 26, 2019
Lance Reinheimer, Executive Director

The 2018 Annual Tree Lighting

Since 1987, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum has placed a very large tree in the Mansion Courtyard and decorated it for the holidays. Every year, we’ve invited the community to join us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, to light the tree and inaugurate the holiday season. It’s a very popular, free community event that draws several hundred people every year.

For many years, we were able to harvest large pines and spruces from the wooded areas of the 43-acre Vanderbilt Estate.

This fall, we’re looking for a local family that can donate one of its own trees for this year’s celebration. It must be local, from your property, and from 20 to 25 feet high. Vanderbilt staff will cut down the tree and transport it to the Museum on or about November 20.

We will acknowledge your gift with a sign next to the tree, and will publicize your donation to the media, along with our other holiday events and programs.

This year’s Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday, November 30, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The event includes carol singing, an ornament-making workshop for children, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus (a great photo opportunity). Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

If you are interested in donating a tree, please contact Jim Munson, the Vanderbilt Museum’s operations supervisor, at: jim@vanderbiltmuseum.org.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Tree Lighting.

— Lance Reinheimer, Executive Director

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