2018-04-05 / News Briefs

Get Ready to Light the Lights

To commemorate the start of Newport Arboretum Week, trees throughout the city will be illuminated. All Newporters are being called to help bathe Newport’s urban forest in brilliance during Newport Arboretum Week.

Arboretum Week 2018 will run from April 20-29. Join in showcasing Newport's legendary urban forest by lighting your trees for our First Light Night celebration on April 20, and for the week to follow. Lights can be ordered at newportarboretumweek.org.

The laser lights are an efficient, simple way to light up a tree canopy. Each light projects a thousand points of light upon the trunk and canopy. If you have a multi-color light, please cover the red light with masking tape for this event so that only the green light shows. Here’s an approximation of how many you will need: Small Trees (10-30ft): 2-5 lights, medium trees (30-60ft): 5-10 lights, large trees (60ft+): 20+ lights

Lights can be purchased for $25 each or rented for the week at $10 each. There will be a surprise grand prize for the best-lit tree.

To see the spectacle first-hand there will be tours that will pass some of Newport's most venerable trees, homes and institutions. Tours depart from the Elks Lodge at 8 p.m, and 9 p.m. Cost is $15. If tickets for both tour times sell out, a wait-list will become available and, if time allows, we will attempt to arrange additional tour slots. For more information and to order lights, visit newportarboretumweek.org.

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