Bicycle Christmas Tree and Menorah

Sculptor Ed Benavente is the artist behind Beacon’s unique holiday tradition. “Bicycles, like communities, are powered by people,” Benavente said in a statement.

The city has been putting a new spin on its annual holiday tree lighting!

The city and BeaconArts have been teaming up for six years for the annual Bicycle Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting. The event took place Saturday, to coincide with Beacon’s monthly Second Saturday celebration. The festivities, which started at 3:30pm in Polhill Park, at the intersection of Route 9D and Main Street, adjacent to the Beacon Visitors Center.

Participates were invited to bring something to add to the tree and were encouraged to bring their own hot beverage mug, as hot chocolate and hot cider was available.

The Wee Play Community Project organized a simple craft for younger children under the shelter of tents provided by the city, according to event organizers. A dancer from Yanarella Dance also performed. Prior to Santa’s arrival, the Beacon High School Choir led caroling. At approximately 4:50pm Santa arrived to “welcome the spirit of the holidays to Beacon.” After the tree was lit, Santa will remained to greet the children.

The bicycle tree, which has doubled in size since it’s inaugural appearance in 2011, according to organizers, is made of recycled bicycle parts. Benavente’s sculptures can be seen in Beacon and cities across the United States. He has also created a menorah made from bicycle parts.

Events took place at the west end of Main Street @ The Visitor’s Center/Polhill Park (Main and Route 9D)

Thanks to Poughkeepsie Journal for the text/article. Original is here: