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Rockefeller Center

Thar She Goes!

OUR ROCKEFELLER SPRUCE

Thar She Goes!

As more than 50 people look on, “Daddy Al” and Susan Dick’s huge Norway Spruce is lowered onto the flatbed that will carry it to Rockefeller Center, where it will be the centerpiece of Christmas celebrations that begin in early December.  Inset, two woodsmen from  Lynn Warren Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping, Newburgh, attach the harness to the spruce – midway up and at the bottom.  Once cut, the crane lifted the harness, and the tree swung – to “ooohs!” from the crowd, and some applause – and laid in on the flatbed.  The rig will be parked outside New York City until Saturday, when the lighter weekend traffic will enable it to be placed alongside the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, 22 acres that stretch between  48th and 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues, about a three-minute walk from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  This tree, on Route 23 in West Oneonta, is the second Town of Oneonta fir tapped for the Big Apple festivities in four years; in 2016, Graig and Angela Eichler, Country Club Road, provided a record-tall 96-foot tree.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Only Oneonta Has 2 Trees Chosen By Rockefeller Center

SPRUCE HEADS TO NYC THURSDAY

Only Oneonta Has

2 Trees Chosen By

Rockefeller Center

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Daddy Al’s” Norway Spruce on Route 23 is due to be cut down at 8 a.m. Thursday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

WEST ONEONTA – Supervisor Bob Wood doesn’t want to brag, but there really is something special about the Town of Oneonta.

Bob Wood

“From my understanding, it’s the first time they’ve selected two trees from one community,” said Wood. “The rumor is they wanted it four years ago, but it wasn’t quite big enough.”

With the 75-foot-tall Norway Spruce on “Daddy Al” Dick’s Route 23 property due to be cut down at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday), Oneonta is now home to not one, but two Rockefeller Center Christmas trees, centerpiece of a world-famous  holiday celebration spanning the Great Depression, World War II and now, COVID-19.

“We’re very honored to have been selected twice,” said Wood.

Local Spruce For Rockefeller Center Will Be Cut Down At 8 a.m. Thursday

Local Spruce For Rockefeller Center 

Will Be Cut Down At 8 a.m. Thursday

WEST ONEONTA – The 75-foot tall, 45-foot in diameter, 11-ton Norway Spruce that will be the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree for the 2020-2021 season will be cut down at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) and hoisted by a crane onto a 115-foot long trailer.

The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree at 3851 Route 23 is donated by Daddy Al’s General Store in Oneonta. The donor of the tree, Al Dick, will be available for interviews on site.

Rockefeller Center Returns To Oneonta For Christmas Tree

REVISIT 2016 TREE IN ALL ITS GLORY

Rockefeller Center

Returns To Oneonta

For Christmas Tree

Lawn crews from Lynn Warren Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping, Newburgh, have been wrapping the enormous tree on “Daddy Al” Dick’s property since Monday.  Next stop, Rockefeller Center? (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO,.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Crew members from Lynn Warren Lawn Maintenance have been clambering over “Daddy Al’s” tree since Monday.

ONEONTA – It could be the biggest secret in Greater Oneonta – perhaps 100 feet tall.

Crews from Lynn Warren Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping in Newburgh have been at the 3851 State Highway 23 property since Monday, prepping the tree owned by “Daddy Al” Dick.

In much the same way, crews prepped Angie and Graig Eichler’s 94-foot tall spruce before sending it to be the 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

In an interview, Graig Eichler said there’s a good reason it’s so hush-hush:  “It’s to protect the tree, and to protect the family so there’ s no trespassing or vandalism to the tree.”  Rockefeller Center provided 24-hour security was the tree’s been chosen and certainly after it’s announced.

Amazing Grace

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

Amazing Grace

Angie, Graig, Ava and Brock Eichlers' blue spruce in their backyard at 72 Country Club Road, Oneonta, completed its journey to Rockefeller Center at 8:55 this evening, when it became a Christmas beacon for millions of people.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Angie, Graig, Ava and Brock Eichlers’ blue spruce in their backyard at 72 Country Club Road, Oneonta, completed its journey to Rockefeller Center at 8:55 this evening, when it became a Christmas beacon for millions of people. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Herzigs Greet Eichlers In Behemoth’s Shadow

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

Herzigs Greet Eichlers

In Behemoth’s Shadow

Craig and Angie Eichler and Mayor Gary Herzig and Oneonta First Lady Connie are awaiting the big moment in the VIP section at the foot of the 96-foot-tall blue spruce from Oneonta that will be lit alongside Rockefeller Center's ice rink at 8:55.
Craig and Angie Eichler and Mayor Gary Herzig and Oneonta First Lady Connie are awaiting the big moment in the VIP section at the foot of the 96-foot-tall blue spruce from Oneonta that will be lit alongside Rockefeller Center’s ice rink at 8:55.

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FOR MORE ON LIGHTING ONEONTA TREE

Bright Lights, Big Tree And Oneonta’s Eichlers

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

Bright Lights, Big Tree

And Oneonta’s Eichlers

Oneonta's Eichler family – from left, daughter Ava, mom Angie and dad Graig – pose in front of the 95-foot-tall blue spruce that has gone from their Country Club Road backyard to fame at this year's Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center's famed rink. The tree will be lighted at 8:55 this evening, and many Oneontans are in attendance in New York City to witness the moment. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta’s Eichler family – from left, daughter Ava, mom Angie and dad Graig – pose in front of the 95-foot-tall blue spruce that has gone from their Country Club Road backyard to fame as this year’s Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center’s famed rink. The tree will be lighted at 8:55 this evening, and many Oneontans are in attendance in New York City to witness the moment. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mayor Herzig Awaits Lighting Under Shadow Of Big Spruce

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

Mayor Herzig Awaits Lighting

Under Shadow Of Big Spruce

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig sent along this selfie of himself the the Eichler family's big spruce from a VIP section at the foot of the tree, a few steps from the famed Rockefeller Center ice rink, where the 95-foot-tall tree is scheduled to be illuminated at 8:55 this evening.
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig sent along this selfie of himself the the Eichler family’s big spruce from a VIP section at the foot of the tree, a few steps from the famed Rockefeller Center ice rink, where the 95-foot-tall tree is scheduled to be illuminated at 8:55 this evening.  A light rain is falling, but spirits are high, AllOTSEGO.com Rockefeller Center Bureau Chief Libby Cudmore is reporting from the scene.

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In Line, Mother, Daughter Enjoy Saks Show

OUR Tree at Rockefeller Center

In Line, Buzzy Daughter,

Mother Enjoy Saks Show

Michaela Buzzy and Mom Heidi Hofbauer Buzzy waiting in line watching the Saks 5th Avenue light show. "It looks huge! It looks great! I am so glad the tree made the long trip!" said Heidi
Waiting in line to get into the Rockefeller Center rink to watch the Eichler family’s spruce tree lighted, Michaela Buzzy and mom Heidi Hofbauer Buzzy of Oneonta take in the Saks 5th Avenue light show. “It looks huge! It looks great! I am so glad the tree made the long trip!” said Heidi..  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Spruce Standing At Rockefeller Center Rink

Oneonta Spruce Standing

At Rockefeller Center Rink

Glenn Linsenbardt of Hartwick, who works for the county Office for the Aging, snaps a photo at Rockefeller Center Saturday, where he witnessed the placement of this year's Christmas tree – it grew on the Eichler family's lot on Country Club Road, Oneonta – next to the rink. The huge will decorated and lit on Nov. 30. Lisen
Glenn Linsenbardt of Hartwick snaps a selfie at Rockefeller Center Saturday, where he witnessed the placement of this year’s Christmas tree – it grew on the Eichler family’s lot on Country Club Road, Oneonta – next to the rink. The huge tree will be decorated and lit on Nov. 30.  Lisenbardt, who works at the Otsego County Office for the Aging, rode down to New York City on the bus trip organized by Eastern Travel.
Christmas Package

Christmas Package

The Eichlers' spruce tree was packaged and ready to head down I-88 to Rockefeller Center.  Oneonta's Patty Dresser snapped the image.
The Eichlers’ spruce tree was packaged and ready to be borne out of Oneotna and down I-88 to Rockefeller Center. Oneonta’s Patty Dresser snapped the image.
Curious Flock To See Most Famous Tree

Curious Flock To See

Our Most Famous Tree

tree-followOneonta’s Katy Yager is among numerous passersby who are stopping at 72 Country Club, Oneonta, to snap photos of our most famous tree.  The spruce, owned by Angie and Greg Eichler, was chosen as the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center’s Christmas display this year.  Already – as you can see in the tree’s upper boughs – work is beginning on trussing the behemoth, which is due to be taken down Nov. 10 and unveiled to the public Nov. 30 in one of New York City’s most famous Christmas venues.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Eichler’s Norway Spruce Selected As Rockefeller Center Tree

Eichlers’ Spruce Selected

As Rockefeller Center Tree

This season, Greg and Angie Eichler's tree will be THE tree of Rockefeller Center.
This season, Greg and Angie Eichler’s tree will be THE tree of Rockefeller Center.

ONEONTA – The towering Norway Spruce in Angie and Greg Eichler’s Oneonta yard is destined to become the 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, according to a press release sent this morning.

“It’s a gorgeous tree,” said Brady Littlefield, the VP of Rubenstein, the marketing company promoting the tree lighting for Rockefeller Center.  “We’re very excited.”

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