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Rockefeller Center Christmas Trees

NUGGET #55

Rockefeller Center Christmas Trees, from Ridgefield: first official tree at 30 Rockefeller Center was 1933, a 50-foot Norway spruce from Outpost Nurseries (q.v.), decorated with 700 blue and white bulbs (today, trees carry 30,000 lights and are up to 100 feet tall; 1994 tree, an 85-foot Norway spruce, came from home of Maria and Alan Egler, 1 Old Oscaleta Road; 2006 tree, an 86-foot Norway spruce, was on property of Robert and Deborah Kinnaird, 69 Peaceable Hill Road; Outpost may have supplied other trees in the 1930s.

More Historical Nuggets

First Pride Day, 1998

FIRST ‘PRIDE’ DAY: “A Celebration of Community: Straight, Gay and Lesbian“ took place in 1998, on the Community Center lawn. Just a year later, a Rainbow Flag was flown for the first time in the nation over a state capitol, Hartford, on March 21, 1999.

Hezekiah Scott (1789-1879)

Hezekiah Scott was a weaver and operated a distillery on the brook near his home on Barlow Mountain Road — a stream now called Kiah’s Brook.

Paving

The first road paving, part of a state experiment, was done on the eastern end of Branchville Road around 1912. Catoonah Street was paved in 1922.