Balsam Valley Amphitheater Nearly Done 

Worcester Wreaths cut the ribbon on their nearly completed outdoor amphitheater Friday.

“I think it’s fabulous. It’s a great tribute to the veterans and just a little something to give back to them,” said¬†Marcy Beardsley from Harrington.

Morrill Worcester, founder of Wreaths Across America, has had the idea for years. After the Bar Harbor Town Council voted not to renew the lease for an always lit Christmas tree, they knew it was time.

“It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for us to talk about the veterans and maybe do a better job explaining what the tree is about,” said¬†Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America.

Less than a month ago, this space was overgrown with shrubbery. Now it’s nearly ready for a concert featuring Lee Greenwood that will benefit Wreaths Across America.

The Worcesters say the Washington County community has been supportive the whole way.

“The older people are very patriotic. They want to do any and everything they can. They really believe in the military, they support the military completely really, and when you say military they’re right behind it,” said Morrill Worcester, of Worcester Wreaths.

The tree will be re-lit at its at the Balsam Valley Ampitheater and the Worcesters hope the first concert brings in thousands.

“That tree that we are going to be dedicating represents the men and women that have served this country, been away during holidays, and put everything they have and their lives on the line so we can celebrate freedom,” Karen Worcester said.

The first concert at the new venue will be October 13th at 2:30 pm with Lee Greenwood. There will be food, drinks, the dedication of the always lit tree and a fireworks show at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and FREE for veterans. Children under the age of 5 years old are also free.