The End Of The Season For The Lobster Pot Christmas Tree

Written by Brian Tarcy

PROVINCETOWN – “This lady came by the other day,” said George Perez, as he was cutting red ribbons from the iconic lobster pot Christmas tree surrounding a giant anchor in Lopes Square. “And she said, “Don’t take it down. It’s the only bright thing in the whole town.”

George Perez begins to dismantle the lobster pot Christmas tree

George Perez begins to dismantle the lobster pot Christmas tree

But the holiday season is coming to an end in Provincetown. According to Perez, the “tree” is comprised of 125 lobster pots. It was put up by artist Julian Popko and his family.

Perez, 60, of Truro, said he is friends with the family, and that he was there starting the process of dismantling the seasonal display.

Lobster pot Christmas tree

Lobster pot Christmas tree

There are lights to remove. Ribbons to remove. A lot to do before a truck comes to take the lobster pots back to the people who donated their use, said Perez.

Some of the lobster pots were in yards. Others will soon be in the ocean, he said.

One of the most difficult things about moving the pots, he said, was that there are bricks in them, which makes them heavy. Plus he said, sometimes a lobster pot will have one less brick in it, making it difficult to balance.

The lobster pot Christmas tree went up, he said, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. There are lights on it and a top piece that must be lifted by a crane. On the day it is lit, Perez said, “there is a countdown. People are partying.”

And now? Perez quietly removed another red ribbon on this late January afternoon. The streets were empty.

About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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