Celebrate Arbor Day April 20 at The Deane Winthrop House

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Please join the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association (W.I.H.A.) in the garden of the historic Deane Winthrop House at 40 Shirley St. for an inspirational Arbor Day Celebration of Trees, April 20th 11-2pm. W.I.H.A. is especially proud to carry on the tradition by presenting an Arbor Day Event as it was incorporated into the original W.I.H.A. by-laws of 1904 as a day of service by planting trees and celebration for the community.

This year we are collaborating with the Girl Scouts as they complete their Tree Promise Badge and the Winthrop Loves Trees & GROW Organization who will be doing advocacy work by collecting signatures to help pass the Municipal Reforestation Bill for trees, labor, and tree inventories. Their website is www.TreeWinthrop.org.

Included in the festivities we’ll have Eastern Red Bud seedling giveaways, either planted in peat pots provided at the event or wrapped up bare root. Twig and bark craft-making supplies available for kids and anyone creative. Theme related raffles and door prize memberships to the Arbor Day Foundation and finally delicious Cherry Pie and coffee.

The memorial plantings will start at noon and include a reading of the historic Arbor Day Proclamation. This national holiday originated in 1872 in Nebraska when they planted 1 million trees on that day. The most common date for Arbor Day is usually observed on the last Friday in April, but warmer states generally celebrate earlier to make the most of ideal tree-planting weather.

Past members of W.I.H.A. to be honored with tree planting memorials are the late Marge Dimes, Stephen Honan and Patricia Tacelli. Their dedication and generous support of W.I.H.A. will always be remembered. Their living memorials will be marked and illuminated with solar up-lighting in the evenings year-round. Many thanks to their loved ones who have made donations in their names to make this possible.

We hope to see you at this inspiring event for a Healthier and Greener World. WIHA thanks the residents of Winthrop for their continued support of our events.

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