Out & About: ‘Bush Burn’ Features Christmas Tree Bonfire

  • People gather outside a bonfire fueled by Christmas trees at the annual "Bush Burn" at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction. (Courtesy photograph)

Valley News Calendar Editor
Wednesday, January 09, 2019

White River Junction — Grab your decaying Christmas trees and head over to the Main Street Museum on Friday for the annual “Bush Burn” and Zydeco Dance event in White River Junction.

“They come from all over,” said David Fairbanks Ford, director of the Main Street Museum. “Anyone who has a tree and knows about it likes to come.”

The event has been taking place for about 15 years and around 15 trees are usually contributed. People can drop off their trees at the museum ahead of time or bring them to the event, which goes from 7- 10 p.m. The Cajun/Creole/New Orleans/Caribbean band Bayou X will perform. Refreshments include rice and beans and traditional king cake Admission ranges from $5-$20.

The Christmas trees are burned out back in a barbecue pit.

“We burn them just one at a time,” Fairbanks Ford said, with the majority being fed to the fire between 7-8 p.m.

“Although you never know with things here,” he added. “We do things when the spirit moves us.”

The event draws between 30-40 people each year. Some come for a little while, while others stay for the whole event. Children and families are welcome.

“Even dogs come to it,” Fairbanks Ford said.

The event will be held regardless of the weather.

“We’ve had pretty good weather for the most part,” Fairbanks Ford said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had to cancel it.”

Editor’s note: For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/mainstreetmuseum/. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.