Update: 2 trees adorn governor's mansion this season
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:51:11 GMT —
Update: Monday, Nov. 29 at 6:01 p.m.
A pair of Christmas trees arrived at the Missouri governor's mansion Monday morning.
One went inside to adorn a foyer on the main floor; the other was planted on the mansion lawn.
A large crane was needed to install the outdoor tree. Crews closed off Madison Street while they dropped the tree into place.
This year's tree was donated by a Wentzville, Mo. property owner who had the tree growing in his yard. The Norwegian Spruce is about 30 to 40 years old and stands 27 feet tall.
Missouri Department of Conservation Justine Gartner said that the Norwegian Spruce is a traditional Christmas tree.
It's not native too Missouri, but it TMs a beautiful tree, Gartner said. It does well here in our state. And it'll be one that will hold ornaments and look beautiful throughout the Christmas season for the mansion.
Gartner said the City of Springfield partners with the mansion staff to decorate the outside tree.
The indoor tree is a White Pine from the Tannenbaum Farm in Howard County where it has grown for the past 20 years.
"[The tree] is 18 and half feet tall, Missouri Department of Conservation Ann Koenig said. We brought it in at 20 feet, but it's a little too tall.
The White Pine is also heavier than most.
The crew that hauled it through the mansion's front door had to pause a couple of times to catch their breath.
The tree took the place of the piano in the landing next to the stairs. It got trimmed so it won't smack the staircase chandelier. The team also removed the glass globe that topped the newel post statue at the bottom of the stairs.
"This beautiful statue here has a glass ball and we came awfully close one year to bumping it, so we try to get it down, Gartner said.
Both trees will be decorated in time for this weekend's candlelight mansion tours.
A lighting ceremony for the outdoor tree is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.
Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon will welcome people into the mansion on Friday and Saturday.
The tours will run Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Youth choirs from Boonville, Sedalia, Marshall, California, and Jefferson City will perform.
Jefferson City drivers may have to take a different route through downtown early Monday.
From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday Madison Street will be closed between Capitol Avenue and State Street.
This closure is to allow for the placing of the Christmas Tree at the Governor's Mansion.