Nothing quite says “Christmas” like gathering with loved ones to trim the iconic fir tree. But, let’s face it, nothing about this tinsel-laden tradition is necessarily “green.” For the third year in a row, Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center invites the community to participate in their Re-Tree event, a seasonal contest featuring eco-friendly interpretations of Christmas trees made from unlikely sources.
Entrants must craft their own unique structure using at least 90% recycled, repurposed or reclaimed materials. Each “tree” has to be between 5ft and 9ft tall, stand sturdily on its own, be amenable to the outdoors and incorporate lighting in some way (alternative power sources are encouraged).
Make sure to flex those environmentally-conscious creative muscles; not only will each tree be on public display at the Meeting House lawn, but judges will award a $150 prize to the person(s) who built the best overall tree. Past submissions featured floating plastic jellyfish, old mattress springs and other items rarely found hanging on one’s living room shrub. A way to repurpose old attic clutter and earn extra cash around the holidays? Sounds as sweet as a sugarplum.
Registration for the event runs through November 30 and requires a $15 entry fee. Submissions will be on display until January 4, with an opening reception at the Meeting House lawn on December 12.