BRENTWOOD, TN – Shortly after the Fall of 1998 when the current library opened at the corner of Concord Road and Knox Valley Drive, the previously planted Christmas tree from the library on Maryland Way was dug up and relocated to the new library. That tree didn’t make it. A Brentwood Public Works employee drove to a mountain close to McMinnville, found a new tree and had it planted in its present location. Thankfully, this tree has been growing strong for past 18 holidays.
Former Brentwood Library Director Chuck Sherrill recalls being a little nervous for the tree lighting each year. “There is no switch out by the tree, so on the night of the ceremony we have to have one librarian hiding in the electrical closet, waiting on the phone. I would be out at the ceremony with my cell phone, and would give the signal to flip the switch at the critical moment. That was always nerve wracking too, as the cell signal was unreliable,” Sherrill explained.
As for how much our tree costs, the City has spent a couple thousand dollars on new life-size decorations that line the base of the tree over the past few years. The toy soldier and Cat in the Hat are the newest purchases and can often be seen as the backdrop for many Brentwood family Christmas cards.
This year’s tree lighting will be on Monday, December 5th at 5:30pm at The Brentwood Library. The lighting will be accompanied by music from the Ravenwood High School Choir. At 5pm and 6pm, there will be readings of The Polar Express in the Periodical Room. Everyone attending The Polar Express reading must have a ticket. The event is free, and tickets will be available beginning Monday, November 21st on a first come, first serve basis at the Children’s Service Desk during regular library hours. For more information about the Tree Lighting, please contact Brigid Day at 615-371-0090 ext. 8510.
Everyone is welcome to join us inside the Brentwood Library for snacks and music by the Williamson County Youth Orchestra.
Community Relations Director, City of Bretnwood