Sandy turns Christmas tree into Charlie Brown tree in Manchester
By WFSB Staff
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -
The town of Manchester is hoping to revive their community tree after it was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
However, the community decided to impress it and make it look similar to a cartoon holiday classic.
The tree used to tower over Main Street but the storm came along and took off the top two thirds.
"Sandy, which we're referring to as the grinch storm," said Ed Firestone of the Manchester Downtown District. "It lopped it off."
With the holiday tree lighting event scheduled for Thursday at 6:45 p.m., the downtown community was faced a coniferous conundrum.
"We talked about trying to get a new tree, but we didn't have much time," Firestone said.
A new tree was expected to cost about $6,000, according to Firestone.
So residents of Manchester came up with another idea.
"Why don't we just call it a Charlie Brown tree and decorate it and try to make the best of it," Firestone said.
However, more lights needed to be purchased to be added to the holiday tree.
Some residents were shocked by the decision, but happy that the holiday tradition will continue.
"I'm kinda surprised they did this but it's kinda cute. And I like it it's different. At least it's still going to be here and they're going to still have carol singing and everything else to go with it," said Susan Sanden of Manchester "It would be sad if it all ended."
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