I want the beautiful Red Maple tree, which I planted years ago, to remain where it is. It is a perfect tree. How fortunate I have been to enjoy our Bridge Square for eighty years!
I told her I wanted to take her photo with the tree and asked her for more details on how it happened.
Hi Griff, Believe I am a regular “Johnny Appleseed.” Being a tree-lover, I plant them about town. When my husband Lowell died, I planted an English Columnar Oak in the UCC garden as a memorial. Then, I planted two Red Maple trees along the Central Park sidewalk, followed by a beautiful Red Maple tree on south side of our Middle School (now Weitz Center) which has inspired our schools to do more plantings. To beautify Bridge Square, I decided to plant the very beautiful Red Maple, which is now shining brightly with Christmas lights for all to enjoy.
I took these photos of Helen Albers last night with her Red Maple tree at the start of Winter Walk.
But make no mistake about it; children in various parts of the world know Northfield’s own Mike Leming as someone pretty special, and the gifts he and his wife Ann bring make a very real difference in a lot of lives.
So here’s a little bit about Mike – his connections with his students, with a people and culture half a world away, and his thoughts about uncovering the Santa in each of us (it begins with finding your heart).
Merry Christmas, Mike, from the believers at The Entertainment Guide.
A week ago yesterday, it was 68 degrees when I took the photo on the left of the Rare Pair‘s winter-themed display window. This morning I noticed that the trees on Bridge Square are all dressed up with Xmas lights for Winter Walk 2012 next week, with nothing but brown grass underneath them. Highs this weekend are forecast to be close to 50 degrees, with possible thundershowers.
It’s good for my mountain biking, but I’d rather have downtown looking like it did two years ago just prior to Winter Walk 2010. See the large slideshow of 28 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:
Downtown Northfield is looking festive this morning with the 4+ inches of snow yesterday, just in time for the 13th Annual Winter Walk (PDF schedule) coming up on Thursday eve. I took these photos just before 6 am.
Update 12/13: I’ve added the phrase “Do you like the white lighting?” to the blog post title because of the comment thread.