Photo: Selecting the right tree at the Belmont Lions Club tree sale
Alright, yes, I know Halloween is more than a week away and Thanksgiving’s turkey and football game is still off in the distance. But Monday, Oct. 18, residents were reminded Christmas is just around the corner as the Select Board approved the annual license for the Belmont Lions Club to sell trees and wreaths outside of its clubhouse on Royal Road at the commuter rail station.
The club will sell Nova Scotia gown trees – from the same farm since the sale began in 1957 – and wreaths, mantle pieces, baskets and many other holidays items from Friday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Dec. 24. But don’t dawdle: last year the trees sold out early so get them as soon as they come off the truck.
Lions Secretary Felix Firenze told the board it will continue the Covid-19 restrictions and contract tracing from last year at the site at the corner of Common Street and Royal Road just outside of Belmont Center. It will also keep last year’s hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weeknights.
“We have all the protocols that we needed to get through this pandemic and it was very successful for us [in 2020],” said Firenze.
In addition, the club will keep the revamped parking and pickup practice caused by the rerouting of the MBTA bus last year.
“It sort of ran right through [the site] but you soldiered on and worked your way through it and I’m thanking you for that,” said Adam Dash, Select Board chair.
In addition, the Lions have already set the date for the 2021 Traveling Santa: Saturday, Dec 18. So be good.
“It’s a wonderful operation, Felix, and a great service for our community,” said Board Member Mark Paolillo.