12th Annual Lighting of Memory Tree


On Sunday evening, the 12th annual Memory Tree Ceremony took place on the common and at the Thomastown Congregational Church.

Each year, names and events are donated for the tree by friends and family members of those to be remembered. The small price of each name or event to be remembered helps fund the Historical Society. The lights are turned on at dusk and then the names and events to celebrate are read inside the church.

This year’s tree was donated by Sterling Whiting of town and the lights were turned on by Elizabeth Gilbert, a relative of Hope Sterbinsky, who passed away earlier this year. After Gilbert turned on the lights, attendants sang “Joy to the World” and then proceeded into the church for the reading of the names and events to be remembered.

This year, the names and events were read by departing Senator Stephen Brewer and Senator-Elect Ann Gobi. Brewer had been involved with this event since its first year.

“I will always hold incredible value for Thomastown and this church,” said Brewer. “I’ve come to know you people very well, I’m not going anywhere, I’m just not going to be your senator.”

Gobi was honored to partake in the ceremony. “It is always such a joy to be invited to take part in events like this,” the senator-elect said.

A small concert was performed by the “Late Night Joe” duo comprised of Peter Travisano and Joe Deveglia. The duo performed a variety of jazz standard and Christmas songs to entertain attendants. The crowd was invited to join in singing the Christmas classic Silent Night to end the concert.

Refreshments were served following the performance in the Vestry or the church.