Dartmouth Week: Buoys brighten new holiday tree in Padanaram

Padanaram businesses and a local mother’s group hope a new holiday tree will buoy seasonal spirits. The tree will be made of buoys painted by area individuals and organizations to create a nautical-themed holiday look organizers say is appropriate for the town and the tree’s location at the Maritime Center, Water and Bridge streets, adjacent to the Padanaram Bridge.

Members of the Padanaram Business Association and the Dartmouth Moms Group at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church wanted to add a tree lighting to the traditional activities at the Padanaram Holiday Stroll, to be held Dec. 4.

There was only one problem, said Moms Group member Molly Armando.

“We walked around the village and there were no [suitable] trees,” she said.

So, inspired by photos of trees made of nautical items such as lobster pots, she developed the idea of a tree made from buoys.

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