Capitol Christmas Tree Already En Route | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Capitol Christmas Tree Already En Route

Play associated audio
The 2007 Capitol Christmas tree, looking majestic in front of the Capitol. The tree for 2011 is currently en route.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arkntina/2134594712/
The 2007 Capitol Christmas tree, looking majestic in front of the Capitol. The tree for 2011 is currently en route.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is already on its way from a Northern California forest to the District.

It was 15 degrees above in the Stanislaus National Forest Saturday morning as volunteers trekked through a half-foot of snow to cut down the 65-foot-tall white fir that will serve as "The People's Tree." Officials say it was selected based on its shape as well as its fullness and color.

Maria Benech, with the Capitol Christmas Tree project was at the cutting ceremony: "The Tuolumne Band of the Me-wuk Indians did our blessing -- they do it before the sun comes over the mountain as is their tradition. It was an amazingly moving ceremony they sang and blessed the tree and blessed the people there on site and blessed our safe journey for the tree."

A climber actually scaled 35 feet up into the tree and cut it at that level, so they could get the 65 feet they wanted into a double-flatbed truck with a custom cradle for support. It's fitted with a rubber bladder that is filled with fresh water daily. 

Until the tree arrives into D.C. as scheduled on November 28, it is under 24-hour federal protection. The tree doesn't take a starring role until December 6, when it is the center of a lighting ceremony at the Capitol.

Those curious about the location of this celebrity tree can track its progress on Google Maps or follow the official Twitter feed.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 28

You can see two solo exhibits featuring work that speaks in metaphor.
NPR

Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties

An American-owned company that supplies meat to fast-food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a subsidiary. An expose revealed some of the products were mishandled and had expired.
NPR

When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
NPR

What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.