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Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 17, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


The Mad River Valley Memory Tree will officially be lit on Friday, December 17th at 4:30 pm. Community members are encouraged to attend this outdoor event at teh base of the Memory Tree located by the banner poles near the entrance to the Skatium. Folks will alse be able to watch live on the MRV Chamber’s Facebook page. It will also be recorded by Mad River Valley TV and via social media channels.

The program will include a brief introduction, a reading of the names, the tree lighting and singing performances from local luminaries.

In an effort to keep our community safe the event planners we encourage attendees to follow social distancing protocols and wearing of masks.

The Mad River Valley Memory Tree has long been a highlight to the annual illumination of the valley. It began as a fundraising project of the Mad River Valley Lions Club back in the 1970’s. The original concept was borrowed from the Saint Johnsbury Lions Club. Each year they would hold a tree lighting ceremony on a Friday in December just after dark where they would read the names of those who bought bulbs and for whom. After the Lions Club disbanded the Memory Tree tradition went away until Joan Wilson, John Gallagher and Nancy and Jess Mobley revived the idea in 2013. Each year a different cause is selected as the beneficiary of the funds raised.

The Memory Tree concept is simple. Each year community members are encouraged to dedicate a light(s) in memory of, in honor of, and/or in celebration of a loved one, event, or anything close to their hearts.  At the tree lighting ceremony the bulb dedications are read. Each light dedication costs $5 with each donation matched by the Winthrop H. Smith Jr. Family Foundation. At the start of each season a different non-profit is identified as the recipient of funds. This year it will be to support the stewardMRV ininitaive that is dedicated to taking care of the MRV’s outdoor recreation access points. Support this great cause and honor Your Memory Today!



December 17, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce
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Memory Tree in Irasville
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