The 2007 Rockefeller Center tree came from Shelton, too

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The Norway spruce from the Rivnyak property in Shelton is set up at Rockefeller Center in 2007.

The last time a tree from Shelton was chosen for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was in 2007. The 81-foot Norway spruce came from the backyard of Joe and Judy Rivnyak of Soundview Avenue.

At the time, the Rivnyaks told the Herald that the head gardener at Rockefeller Center had personally selected the tree during the late summer.

Joe Rivnyak said the tree was about 75 years old and was nearing the lifespan for a Norway spruce, and had survived hurricanes, ice storms and lightning storms. “You’d like to keep it a few more years, but you wonder are you going to be lucky,” he said.

 

Was tree-lighting’s 75th anniversary

In 2007, it was the 75th anniversary of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a holiday tradition that attracts many visitors to midtown Manhattan.

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The lights are turned on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree donated by the Rivnyak family of Shelton during the 2007 Christmas season.

The annual Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony in late November or early December is broadcast nationally on NBC television, which is headquartered in Rockefeller Center.

 

Tree tradition dates back to 1931

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is a tradition that dates back to 1931, when construction workers erected the first tree on the center plaza block, where the tree now is raised every year.

According to the Rockefeller Center website, the tree selected has traditionally been a Norway spruce that is in the later years of its life cycle, measuring at least 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter.

 

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