“Socially distanced” Tree Lighting (2020)

Photo of Tree by Locktender's house, with while lights draped from branches.
Christmas In Kingston

The KHS annual Holiday Open House and tree-lighting had long been a well loved Kingston Community tradition. Unfortunately, due to the Covid -19 pandemic we were unable to have our traditional Holiday Open House, but we were able to have a “socially distanced” community holiday tree lighting; furthermore, thanks to the generosity of Karin Linder, who provided new lights for the tree and the McParland family, who provided the essential lift to install them on the 65 foot tall tree (which had outgrown its old lights several years ago) the tree was properly and beautifully lighted. To celebrate and give thanks to the generosity of Karen and the McParland family a “socially distanced” tree lighting was held outside the Locktender’s House on the first Sunday in December.

New lights for the tree and, even more, installing them, had long been a challenge – the tree is 65 ft tall – just 10 ft short of that at Rockefeller Center. In addition to the McParlands, Doug Miller, George Luck, Jr, and Tom Jacoby assisted in preparing the lights.

Here are some photos from the 2019 KHS Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting.