Witherle Woods after a snowstorm in 2018. The Castine Arts Association, in concert with Maine Coast Heritage Trust, is inviting visitors to decorate a tree on the preserve as part of a new festivity, the Holiday Tree Trail in Witherle Woods. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY KATE COUGH

Holiday Tree Trail opens in Castine



CASTINE — The Castine Arts Association, in concert with Maine Coast Heritage Trust, has created a new festivity, the Holiday Tree Trail in Witherle Woods.

Decorating may take place anytime during the season with a decoration removal date occurring during the first week in January.

“Emma Sweet thought of it and we thought it sounded like a great idea to get people out and excited about doing a little outdoor decorating,” said the arts association’s publicity chairman, Don Tenney.

What is acceptable for outdoor decorations in Witherle?

“Ribbons, fabric, wood or plastic ornaments that are large enough to avoid an animal swallowing them,” the association stated. “Also, popcorn, cranberries, dried fruit and corn are acceptable. Natural items like pine cones, lichen and moss, winterberries and seashells are OK. This is not a complete list, but it gives you an idea about what is acceptable.

Decorators should not use any decorations that might harm wildlife or the environment. To that end, no tinsel, breakable glass objects or small plastic objects will be allowed nor any combustible decorations like candles or battery-operated lights. The Holiday Tree Trail is for daytime enjoyment, so lights of any kind are not appropriate.

The arts association requests that everyone who participates wears a face covering and observe social distancing.

For more information and a map of the woods, visit castinearts.org, email [email protected] or call Johanna Sweet at 326-4924.

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