The Mad River Valley Memory Tree has long been a highlight to the annual illumination of the valley. 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 sentiments are 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 the Mad River Valley Rotary Club. Honor Your Memory Today!
The MRV community may recall that the lights had been looking tired the last few years and everyone will be glad to know that the old Memory Tree’s lights have been retired and new ones purchased and hung thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
Every holiday season, the Mad River Valley comes to life with a spectacle of illumination that is quintessential Vermont. While it has been a long-standing tradition, it has added meaning this year. As we enter an uncertain winter season we invite the citizens of the Mad River Valley to help create beacons of hope for locals and visitors alike.