If you’ve lived in Dexter for awhile and leave the house this time of year, you’ve probably seen the signs around town directing folks to Creekside Intermediate School on Baker Road, where the venerable Dexter Lions Club members are peddling some of the finest trees and wreaths grown by a quality-minded tree grower from northern Michigan.
The Lions have been doing this since 1979 and over the years they have been quite successful in raising large sums of money for the various charitable efforts they support, which they credit greatly to the fine stock they offer to members of the public who will just not settle for a synthetic tree.
“These are the grower’s babies,” said Dexter Lion Bob Steptoe, who worked the first day of the tree sale yesterday with high spirits and some good humor, as he joked that the trees are now his babies to dole out to the Dexter public.
“We’re very grateful to the Dexter Community School district for continually letting us sell these trees in their parking lot,” Steptoe said, adding that the Lions have been doing this at Creekside since the days of John Hansen working in the district as its superintendent.
Hansen invited the Lions to sell the trees on school property. The Lions engage in a number of charitable efforts that benefit the school district’s children, such as paying for scoreboards for sports teams including wrestling and track.
This season’s sale started with 1,061 trees and 200 or so wreaths. The trees range in price from $25 to $110 and the wreaths are $12 to $90. In the case of trees, larger ones higher than 10 feet cost $10 per additional foot beyond that point.
There is a robust selection including balsam fir, douglas fir, fraser fir, scotch pine, korean fir, serbian spruce, blue spruce, concolor fir, and white pine.
The Lions also support the Leader Dog for the Blind, the Penrickton Center for the Blinds and many more worthy causes with funds raised from the annual Christmas tree sale and the various other events and programs they offer the community.
“Things like the Leader Dog for the Blind and Penrickton rely heavily on support from the Lions Club and they are very important programs that don’t really have that many other sources of funding to rely on for support,” Steptoe explained.
Tree Lot Hours:
Mon. thru Fri.: Noon to 8 p.m.
Weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lot opens Saturday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m.
The sale lot is located at 2615 Baker Road (Creekside Intermediate School)
Cash and checks are accepted forms of payment. Credit cards cannot be processed on site so they are not accepted.