Annual Lions Club tree sale uprooted

  • Roland Patten works the Lions Club Christmas Tree sale last year. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:10PM

The Peterborough Lions Club will be moving their traditional Christmas tree sale to Elm Street this year.

For the past 15 years or so, the Lions have sold their trees at the shopping plaza on Route 202, also known as Jaffrey Road.

This year, the plaza has opened a new Dollar General store, and the portion of the parking lot where the Lions usually sold and stored their trees is now used by Dollar General delivery trucks.

“We understand, they have a business to run,” Lions Membership Chair Roland Patten said Wednesday.

The tree sale will go on, held now at the Valley Automotive at 36 Elm Street. The sale begins Saturday.

The Lions Club orders their Christmas trees in September, and so had their order in long before they knew they would not be allowed to use the parking lot at the plaza, which they learned in mid-November.

Though the sale will be moving off Route 202 for the first time since Patten has been a member of the Lions, he said he hopes the Club’s loyal customers will follow them to Elm Street.

“I’m pretty sure we’ll do OK,” he said. “We have a pretty good following. People just have to find out where we are, and hopefully they’ll find it.”

The club sells 240 trees a year, and typically sells out. The fundraiser earns a profit of about $15 per tree, or $3,600.

All proceeds from the tree sale will support Lions charities, including the local food pantry, the Peterborough Sunshine Fund, Monadnock Early Learning Center, and assistance with eye screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses.

Members of the Lions Club will be on hand at Valley Automotive on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until trees are gone.

During the week, those who want trees may pay inside Valley Auto. Trees will be $35 with delivery for a reasonable fee.

For more information call Patten at 924-6421.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.