“People’s Tree” Delivering Enchantment on cross–country journey from New Mexico to Washington D.C.
Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. The Carson National Forest in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way including an appearance in Taos on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at Civic Plaza Drive.
Under the theme of Delivering Enchantment, the 60-foot tall Blue Spruce will be cut on the Questa Ranger District on November 6 and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition. The journey will include a series of community celebrations November 11-25 throughout New Mexico and across the U.S. and culminate with the official tree lighting on the West Lawn in early December. Smaller companion trees also will be provided to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with 10,000 handmade ornaments created by New Mexicans.
Festivities during the tree’s stop to Taos on November 11, 2019 will include: Welcome by Mayor Daniel Barrone, Invocation and Holiday Greetings by Taos Pueblo Governor Richard Aspenwind, Taos Pueblo Warchief Bernard Lujan, Presentation of Colors VFW Post #3259, Brent Jaramillo, Taos County Manager, Deputy District Ranger Ricardo Martinez, Questa District Ranger Jack Lewis, Mariachi El Tigre under direction of Norberto Martinez, Nick Branchal and Audrey Davis. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present to hand out special surprises for the first 150 kids. Children can create their own 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas paper ornament. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.
“We are honored that the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will visit Taos on its journey to Washington, D.C.” said Mayor Daniel Barrone. “Our community looks forward to being a part of this gift to the nation and the joy it will bring to our own community this holiday.”
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible with cash and in-kind contributions from companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources. Sponsors include Kenworth Truck Company, Wilbanks Trucking Services, LLC, Spireon, Inc., Elvis Duran & Alex Carr, Hale Trailer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Alaska Airlines, Meritor, PNM Resources, Travel Centers of America, Truckload Carriers Association, Great West Casualty Company, Taos County, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, National Forest Foundation, Christmas Tree Promotion Board and LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc.
“We are grateful to the host cities such as Taos who play a vital part of bringing the tree across the country and this annual celebration”, said Bruce Ward, President, Choose Outdoors.”
Taos Whistle-stop Agenda
Monday, November 11, 2019, Civic Plaza Drive, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Welcome: Mayor Dan Barrone
Invocation and Holiday Greetings:
Taos Pueblo Governor Richard Aspenwind
Taos Pueblo Warchief Bernard Lujan
Presentation of Colors VFW Post #3259
Brent Jaramillo, Taos County Manager
Ricardo Martinez, Deputy District Ranger
Jack Lewis, Questa District Ranger
Mariachi El Tigre under direction of Norberto Martinez, Nick Branchal and Audrey Davis
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be handing out special surprises for the first 150 kids. Create your own 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas paper ornament. Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate will be served!