Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh, Christmas Tree...

  Photo of Chihuly-esque ornament components made by Jennifer Davis and her students, courtesy of Akron Children’s Museum

Photo of Chihuly-esque ornament components made by Jennifer Davis and her students, courtesy of Akron Children’s Museum

by Sophie Franchi

There are very few things I love about the holidays as much as I love trimming a tree. I was amazed when I learned that Hazel Tree was responsible for decorating the Lock 3 Christmas Tree last year. So, when I found out that we’d get to do the honors again this year, I was beyond excited. Images of twinkling lights and shiny ornaments sparkled in my mind, and I could smell the fresh pine and hot cocoa as if it were already mid-November.

Never mind the frozen fingers and toes. Those will warm back up eventually, and it’s worth it for 25 feet of pure holiday cheer!

This year, we are teaming up with Akron Children’s Museum (ACM) to create some of the decorations out of recycled materials. We have two projects that we’re working on with them for this design.

First, Jen Davis of SmART Studio led a workshop at ACM for freshman students from Walsh Jesuit High School to create colorful Chihuly-inspired ornaments from recycled water bottles. It takes three water bottles to create one ornament. The students cut the bottles into strips, which they colored with permanent marker and then strung together.

Also, Chris Kovacevich and Karen are working together with kids ages 10 and up at ACM to create woodland creatures out of found/repurposed materials. If you’re interested in participating, learn more here.

We hope these two projects will add a new and exciting element to the tree, while at the same time drawing attention to the museum, which is located right next to Lock 3.

Follow us on Instagram for tree trimming updates, and be sure to join us at Lock 3 for the lighting ceremony on November 23!