Members of the Vargoshe family on Kazo Drive in Shelton have had an exciting last few weeks.
(Here are some misc. photos with family members taken on Nov. 7, the day the tree was cut down.)
The family was officially notified about three weeks ago that the Norway spruce in their front yard had been selected for the 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. They had been aware the tree was under consideration since the spring.
People then began regularly driving and walking by their property to get a look at the tree, and a big crowd gathered last week when the 76-foot-tall spruce was cut down and transported to New York City.
The Vargoshes have appeared on NBC-TV’s “Today Show,” being interviewed by Al Roker, and did an extended interview with “Today Show” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager — daughter of former President George W. Bush — that later was broadcast.
They also have been interviewed by many other media representatives, especially on the day the tree was moved.
Mom, dad and two sons
Vargoshe family members are father John; mother Louise; son Nathan, 15; and son Noah, 12.
John Vargoshe works for Yale New Haven Health System, and Louise works for Bridgeport Hospital. Nathan is a sophomore at Shelton High School and Noah is in the seventh grade at Shelton Intermediate School.
John Vargoshe said the overall experience has been a positive one. “It’s been a good ride, but just a little surreal at times,” he said. “We’re kind of a quiet family.”
Moved to Shelton in 1992
The family has lived in the Kazo Drive house for 21 years. They are donating the tree to Rockefeller Center.
They filled out an online application to donate their tree early this year, and were first contacted by Rockefeller Center in the early spring and told their tree was under consideration.
The Norway spruce, which is about 75 years old, was planted by a previous owner of their home. The Luchtenberg family had displayed the tree inside their home as a live Christmas tree, then planted it in the front yard after the holiday. It is believed this took place in the 1950s.
The tree weighs about 12 tons and is 47 feet in diameter. Now covered by scaffolding in the plaza at 30 Rockefeller Center, it is being decorated with more than 45,000 multi-colored LED lights strung on five miles of wire.
The 81st Rockefeller Center Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4. It will be broadcast nationally on NBC-TV from 8-9 p.m.
In 2007, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree also came from Shelton.