Situated alongside the CP Rail tracks, on the overpass at Yonge north of Rosedale, The Blue Tree is arguably the most gorgeous symbol of the holidays in Toronto. Whether you are driving southbound, heading uptown or just strolling around Scrivener Square, it is a view that immediately captures attention and, with glistening blue lights, radiates a glowing feeling of comfort and joy. But what is the story behind The Blue Tree?
Seven years ago, the late Paul Oberman, former President and CEO of Woodcliffe Corporation who died last spring, initiated the now iconic decorative landmark through the Rosedale Main Street BIA (Business Improvement Area.) Paul, along with business owners on the stretch of Yonge St between Ramsden Park and Woodlawn, wanted something truly special to light up the neighbourhood in a tasteful and delightful way. Wanting to distinguish themselves from neighbouring Yorkville and Bloor West, Paul suggested a great tree be erected for all to see and he thought blue lights would be more inclusive and unique than the typical green and red colours of Christmas.
Paul’s wife, Eve Lewis and the Rosedale BIA have ensured that The Blue Tree tradition continues; it is truly a beautiful sight that has become a much loved symbol of hope, peace and happiness. Ms. Lewis will participate in this year’s lighting ceremony this Saturday, November 26 which will also launch the much anticipated Calvacade of Lights. Local businesses, on this elegant strip of Yonge Street, will take part in the festivities and all are welcome to this magical event that will officially kick off the holidays.
Beyond the lighting of The Blue Tree, Scrivener Square will come alive with carolers, ice sculptors, delicious food samples from some of the city’s finest specialty food shops and craft stations for creative little elves. We also hear that Santa will be in attendance along with Puss In Boots to greet children.
Funded by the Rosedale BIA, The Blue Tree will remain brightly lit from November 26 until mid-January. A beautiful tradition lives on!
~ Jen McNeely, Writer, The Chestnut Park Blog, Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage