Stonington celebrates Second Annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

The tree was hand built by volunteers and each of the buoys were hand painted by 120 artists from Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Published: Nov. 26, 2022 at 7:47 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2022 at 11:23 PM EST
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STONINGTON, Conn. (WFSB) - Tonight, Stonington celebrated their Second Annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting.

Families from all over took the trip to see the beautiful lobster trap tree which will be out until after the holidays.

The stunning tree is 35 feet tall and made completely out of 420 lobster traps and buoys.

The tree was hand built by volunteers and each of the buoys were hand painted by 120 artists from Connecticut and Rhode Island.

“Every buoy tells a story whether it’s about a family, a memorial buoy or a buoy recognizing a business or non-profit organization. As you walk around the tree you get to learn about all those stories and businesses,” said Lisa Konicki, President of Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, Tree Founder.

40 of the buoys were made by children.

“Oh I’ve gotten a close look. They’ve got some with kitties and some puppies. Just beautiful,” said Lily Post, Groton.

“My daughter likes the one by the door, the bee. Looks like a beehive,” said Linda Arsenault, North Branford.

This idea came after the founder, Lisa, saw the buoy tree in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts.

“I fell in love with it instantly and said I live in Stonington, that’s my hometown. We are Connecticut’s last commercial fishing village. We need a lobster trap tree in Stonington,” said Lisa.

The Mystic Aquarium was out with a penguin who happened to be the oldest male penguin in any zoo in the US.

“It’s a wonderful experience. I’m glad we did it. Probably would come back and see it again before Christmas is over,” said an attendee.

The tree is open every night. The lights will be on from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. between now and January 15.