Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The making of a Merry Maple

As they have done seemingly forever, Shumway & Sons Landscaping (a venerable Amherst surname, in business seemingly forever) donate their time and expertise to decorate the official town of Amherst, errr, Holiday Tree.

And yes, now that a Commenter reminded me, the Merry Maple dates back to at least 1968 because--how could I forget?--Hollywood came calling that spring to film "Silent Night, Lonely Night" and turned the town common into a winter wonderland.

The ARHS glee club got to sing, errr, holiday carols around the tree and if indeed Shumway did the decorating, they probably got paid a decent amount that time. The Amherst College Archives & Special Collections even has a box of clippings covering the momentous event.

The Bully reports


Anonymous said...

Wow! It goes all the way back to 1968? Incredible. Did they have cameras then?

LarryK4 said...

Yeah, but not digital ones that do all the work so even an inept fool like me can get decent results.

Ry Willey said...

Thanks for your kind donation Shumway & Sons it makes the downtown more festive and bright at night.

Anonymous said...

I'll F!!!ing say it!