Lobster Buoy Tree Debut Followed by Lobster Bisque at SHYC

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Saturday November 27, 2021

    4:30 PM


Stonington Harbor Yacht Club is a proud participant in the Stonington Lobster Trap Tree project sponsored by the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.

Our colorful buoy was designed and painted by club member and talented artist, Susan Pfeifer Scala, whose work is known throughout the area.

The Deck the Docks project will culminate with a Lobster Trap Tree Lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27, at the Town Dock. The lighting coincides with Small Business Saturday and the club invites members back to the clubhouse for beverages and lobster bisque afterwards.

The “tree,” assembled with lobster traps, hand-painted buoys and holiday lights, is expected to be at least 30-feet tall. Its height has grown as more businesses, nonprofits and individuals have gotten involved. Buoys were sold for $150 each to cover the costs of the traps and lights.

The project was the idea of Lisa Konicki, the chamber president, and has been enthusiastically embraced by the community. The intent is to drive tourism and celebrate Stonington’s commercial fishing history. It is also a way to showcase the talent of local artists.

The tree – made with green wire lobster traps stacked in the shape of an evergreen -- will be assembled on the lawn at the Town Dock and remain in place until the end of January. Afterwards, participants will get their buoys back.

A big thank you to Susan Scala and a reminder to members to mark the tree-lighting date – Nov. 27 – on their calendars and plan to come to the club afterwards for food and holiday cheer.