2013-11-15 / Community

Rotary gears up for tree sale


Joan Frustaci, left, and Scott Irving as Santa, participate in the South Portland Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club’s annual Christmas tree sale. This year’s sale kicks off Nov. 29 at Mill Creek Park in South Portland. There will be many 5- to 6-footers, some 9- to 10-footers, and tabletop trees will also be available, as well as wreaths. (Courtesy photo) Joan Frustaci, left, and Scott Irving as Santa, participate in the South Portland Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club’s annual Christmas tree sale. This year’s sale kicks off Nov. 29 at Mill Creek Park in South Portland. There will be many 5- to 6-footers, some 9- to 10-footers, and tabletop trees will also be available, as well as wreaths. (Courtesy photo) The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club’s 51st annual Christmas tree sale will kick off at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at Mill Creek Park in South Portland. The club, which this year ordered nearly 2,000 Maine-grown trees, has sold Christmas trees to raise money for community charitable causes since 1962.

“We all look forward to seeing our friends and neighbors, watching the children’s excitement as they search for the perfect tree and spreading the holiday spirit,” said Kathy Cotter, who heads up the tree sale. “Best of all, every penny raised is used for community and international endeavors such as scholarships, local improvement projects, donations to local food pantries, Rotary humanitarian projects and many other charitable programs. There are lots of options for obtaining your Christmas tree-buying from us gives back to the community as well as providing a beautiful tree.”

Because of demand in past seasons, trees will continue to be primarily in the 6- to 8-foot range. “We appreciate the continued support of the community and are looking forward to another great season,” said Rotary Club President Ellie Speh.

The Rotary Club is also gearing up to work on Winterfest South Portland. Winterfest is a family-oriented, two-day festival Jan. 31 through Feb. 1. The event will target both South Portland and Cape Elizabeth residents and will feature numerous outdoor activities such as a snow sculpture contest, skating party at Mill Creek Park, wagon rides, turkey curling, snow shoe hikes and igloo-making demonstrations.

For more information about Winterfest, contact Adrienne Murphy at adrienne. murphy@nemoves.com or 807-1837.

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