From the Patch:
Charity Christmas Tree Bonfire, Saturday, Jan.7
Posted by Bob Gardner | January 2, 2012
This Saturday, January 7th is the 5th annual Christmas Tree Bonfire at Weston’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 285 Lyons Plain Road. Starting as a church observation of Epiphany in the early 1800s, the event is now an annual fund-raising event held by the church solely for the benefit of the Weston Warm-Up Fund. The beneficiaries are needy Weston families, as many as 60 this year, who’ll receive Fund help keeping their homes warm this winter.
Open to all, the bonfire also warms the hearts of the 150 or more observers, children and adults from Weston, who attend the blaze set, controlled and extinguished by members of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department under Chief John Pokorny.
The firemen will stack and — promptly at 6 p.m. — light the bonfire. Everyone is invited to watch, any town resident with a Christmas tree is invited to participate.
For a suggested $30 donation to the Weston Warm-Up Fund, a volunteer driver with a pickup truck will collect the tree earlier on Saturday and bring it to the field next to the new parish house on Lyons Plain Road. For anyone bringing their own tree to the church, the suggested donation is reduced to $20 and the only condition is that the tree be delivered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Checks for the fully tax-deductible donation should be made out to the Weston Warm-Up Fund. For more information or to schedule a tree pick-up, call the church office at 203-227-8565 or email office@emmanuel weston.org.Emmanuel Church is at 285 Lyons Plain Road.