PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Charlie Brown and his pals were happy with having a below-average tree for their Christmas celebration, but Smith Hill leaders don’t share their sentiment.
The evergreen installed at the Rhode Island State House Tuesday was apparently not ready for prime time. The tree was deemed too small and will instead be placed outside the State House, according to David Ortiz, spokesperson for Gov. Gina Raimondo.
Within hours of the tree snafu, a new tree was cut down and put in place at the rotunda.
Raimondo and First Gentleman Andy Moffit announced they’ll be hosting a Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration at the State House on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking photos and there will be performances from the Governor’s Own 88th Army Band, the Edward R. Martin Middle School Chorus, and the Chorus of East Providence, the governor’s office sad.
The governor’s office encouraged attendees to bring an unwrapped toy to help the Rhode Island State Police “Fill a Cruiser” to help benefit local children in need.