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2nd Annual Custom House Maritime Holiday Tree

December 3, 2021 - January 4, 2022



Please join us in celebrating the second annual Custom House Maritime Holiday Tree!

Shortly after Thanksgiving, you will begin to see the shape of a “tree” erected on the back lawn of the Custom House. This Maritime Tree, made from rope rigging will display life rings of various sizes as a way of tying our community together. Replica boat life rings are available to all students, non-profits, businesses, and families of the greater Newburyport Community to decorate, then return to hang on the tree.

Finneran & Nicholson, P.C. sponsored 400 students to decorate small rings at the Francis T. Bresnahan Elementary School, the River Valley Charter school, and the Immaculate Conception School, who are participating as part of their art project.  There are three additional sized rings for purchase online starting Nov. 4th at www.buyalifering.com and at the CHMM Museum Store when we are open.

These ornamental life rings can be decorated with anything that will sustain the weather; paint, ribbons, wood – anything your imagination sparks to Ring in the Holidays.   Our goal is to bring everyone together in a safe manner yet still enjoy the spirit of this community. What sets this fundraiser apart is the many other non-profit cultural organizations have agreed to join CHMM and participate in their own way. The list of participants is growing.

* Newburyport Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)– Invitation Night December 10th- serving hot chocolate & selling of Newburyport Spiritwear

* Salvation Army, Newburyport Corps.– Invitation Night December 17th – hot chocolate & mitten drive

* Lowell’s Boat Shop is providing a dingy to explore and makes a great photo

* Opportunity Works will be creating the tree topper

* The Newburyport Art Association will have a few sculptures sprinkled on the lawn

*Yankee Homecoming will have a food collection box available

*The Newburyport Horticultural Society and Community Service of Newburyport and

*YWCA are promoting awareness by placing a lawn sign for the organization near the tree.

The tree will be lit by Fusion Blue Productions. Wing Walker Marketing has donated their time and expertise and a special thanks to 4Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning for participating again It’s never too late to purchase a life ring and participate in the festivities!

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