The lobster trap tree in downtown Gloucester at Main and Pleasant Streets basked in glorious early morning light and festooned with buoys hand painted by kids at Cape Ann Art Haven.
A welcome pause any time any vantage.
The first one I saw in 2012 was amazing and it gets better every year! From the days of stacked traps and colored lights we now have a wider base with doorways opening the inside with cantilevered traps opening up the center of the tree for a great view from inside, a look at the dome and viewing a light show of Christmas Colors on the floor. (The lightshow with its colored moving dots of light brought back memories of college…but that’s another story!) The stack is tighter and now the traps are color coordinated Yellow and Green by level and the colored lights have given way to energy efficient white LEDs. The yearly engineering advances allow for more and more hand painted buoys from the kids at Art Haven. Hard to imagine anything more spirit lifting than just walking past the tree, not to mention spending some time in it and around! I met two photographers who were waiting for the light to go down and then were going from Gloucester to Rockport, ME and Portland to capture some other trap trees. Their take? Others might be a little taller but none are better than Gloucester’s tree!
Lobster Trap Tree Legend!
Legend has it if you share a kiss with your sweetheart under the lite Lobster Trap Tree you will be blessed with health, wealth and happiness for the next year.
Love the new wood signs heralding the Lobster Trap Tree lighting on Saturday, December 10th, just after a fun-filled day of Middle Street walk festivities.
The tree looks gorgeous already, but just wait until it’s trimmed with buoys hand-painted by children in our community under the direction of Cape Ann Art Haven and with the help of volunteers! The After is priceless and original. Thank you Cape Ann Art Haven and all who help to make this tradition happen in Gloucester. Wreaths and lights on the street lamps are readied by the City, Gloucester Downtown Association, and Ringo Tarr.
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Photo by: Samantha Barrett
Our beautiful Lobster Trap Tree is being built on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 9:00 am. For more information you can email David Brooks at David@arthaven.org.
Even though it was cold, we managed to get the Lobster Trap tree put up. We want to thank all the volunteers, Hiltz and the Building Center.
It is Lobster Trap Tree time… This is a fun event. We need volunteers to help put the Lobster Trap Tree together. The date is Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Police Station at 9:00 am.