The 95th annual National Christmas Tree display in Washington D.C. features ornaments designed and painted by Girl Scout Troop 3415 in Queensbury.
Girl Scout leader Lisa Wells wrote in an email that six girls, Jayden Abrahamson, Selena Beckwith, Kiera Carpenter, Zayda Seebeck, Nevaeh Howe and Bethany Wells, teamed to research state symbols and paint various attractions or symbols to represent New York state on plastic bulbs.
Wells said the girls painted ornaments the week before Thanksgiving in preparation for the unveiling on Dec. 1. Troop members illustrated the Adirondack Balloon Festival; a blue bird; race horse and jockey; Niagara Falls; NYC skyline including the twin towers of light; Big Apple; a girl hiking; a campsite with fire; baseball for the Hall of Fame; Rockefeller Center Christmas tree; 1980 Olympics and a New York City skyline with a yellow taxi.
The ornaments adorn New York’s tree on the Pathway of Peace in President’s Park. It is one of 56 trees that represent each state, territory and the District of Columbia. The ornaments will be on display through Jan. 1 as part of the America Celebrates display.
“We are delighted, and honored, to be chosen to participate in the America Celebrates display located in one of our country’s most recognized National Parks,” said the members of Troop 3415 in a statement made to the National Park Service. “We have the chance to represent our state and showcase the fun and exciting things New York has to offer. We have worked hard to research our state’s symbols, and Girl Scout traditions, and believe visitors will be proud of our work.”
Wells wrote that some members of the troop attended the tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, but were unable to see the tree due to security with President Donald Trump’s attendance.
One ornament was taken from the state tree outside and placed inside on the tree at the White House Visitor Center, Wells wrote.