With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas not far behind it, a local tree will soon be cut down and sent to the state capitol for the holiday season.
A 40-foot blue spruce is being donated by the Mendiola family in Rome, and it will be lit up and on display in East Capitol Park in Albany. The tree will be cut down between 8:30-9 a.m. on Monday at 518 Expense St. in Rome.
Another tree is being cut down today in Latham, Albany County. The 50-foot blue spruce is being donated by the Scott family and it will be on display on the Empire State Plaza.
The lights on the trees will be turned on at the New York State Tree Lighting and Fireworks celebration, which is from 1-8 p.m. Sunday, December 3. The event is free and includes free parking as well.
There will also be free horse and carriage rides beginning at 1 p.m., free skate rentals beginning at 3 p.m. and musical performances beginning at 3:45 p.m. There will also be an ice skating performance by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club.
The tree lighting and fireworks will begin at 5:15 p.m.