The Mad River Valley Memory Tree has long been a highlight to the annual illumination of the valley. Each year community members are encouraged to dedicate a light(s) in memory of, in honor of, and/or in celebration of a loved one, event, or anything close to their hearts. At the tree lighting ceremony sentiments are bulb dedications are read. Each light dedication costs $5 with each donation matched by the Winthrop H. Smith Jr. Family Foundation. At the start of each season a different non-profit is identified as the recipient of funds. This year it will be the Mad River Valley Rotary Club. Honor Your Memory Today!
The Mad River Valley Memory Tree will officially be lit on Friday, December 17th at 4:30 pm. The Mad River Valley Memory Tree has long been a highlight to the annual illumination of the valley. It began as a fundraising project of the Mad River Valley Lions Club back in the 1970’s.
The original concept was borrowed from the Saint Johnsbury Lions Club. Each year they would hold a tree lighting ceremony on a Friday in December just after dark where they would read the names of those who bought bulbs and for whom. After the Lions Club disbanded the Memory Tree tradition went away until Joan Wilson, John Gallagher and Nancy and Jess Mobley revived the idea in 2013. Each year a different cause is selected as the beneficiary of the funds raised.