The town of Hancock held its annual tree lighting Saturday, but the tree was not the same one organizers originally intended. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JOHANNA S. BILLINGS

Hancock lights tree donated in secret overnight

HANCOCK — Things went well for the town of Hancock’s annual tree lighting, but that doesn’t mean they went as planned.

The annual event, which took place Nov. 30 at the gazebo in Monument Square, was sponsored by the town recreation committee.

Committee member Erika Briggs said that, for convenience, the town acquired an artificial tree for this year. However, wind storms blew it over — twice — before the ceremony. Crews were planning to put the tree back up Saturday morning but, when they arrived, they found the artificial tree had been replaced by a real one.

“It’s fun to think Christmas elves helped make the Christmas tree lighting a little more magical this year,” Briggs said.

Briggs said she doesn’t know who brought the new tree. But, whoever it was built a stand, secured the new tree inside the gazebo and left the artificial tree behind for the town to recover. Rec committee members Todd and Amy Johnston decorated the new tree.

The tree lighting ceremony went off without a hitch, despite temperatures in the low 20s. The show choir from the Hancock Grammar School performed three Christmas songs on the gazebo steps before the lights were lit. Afterward, everyone gathered inside the town office, where it was warm, for refreshments and visits with Santa, aka Harry Babbin.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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