Tree team brings Monument Square to life for Victorian Stroll

November 29, 2017 04:31 PM

TROY – Found in the bucket of a bucket-truck early Wednesday was Tony Daurio, who has worked for the city for 18 years and been checking Christmas lights almost as long.

“Bulb-by-bulb, strand-by-strand,” Daurio said of his job and thankful of the mild late-November weather. “If it needs a new strand, we put a new strand on it; if it needs a new bulb, we just put a new bulb on.”

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Daurio admits he’s never been downtown for the annual Victorian Stroll, now in its 35th year, but he likes coming to see his handiwork at other times during the season.

“I like coming down here at nighttime too and checking out what I did and seeing it all nice and bright and everybody congratulate me on it and stuff like that,” Daurio said. “It's good."

It will be his job to put the lights on the Christmas tree once another city team has put it into place. The 25’ evergreen was cut down from Spiak’s Green Houses and Tree Farm in Brunswick and delivered to Monument Square in Troy. After some sizing up and deft carving by the chainsaw-wielding Chris Hart, the tree was lowered into place in a custom-built, cast-iron base designed by Sean Hooley of Troy’s DPW.

“So we had to have something heavy enough to hold a big tree like this in an ice storm or wind or rain, all that stuff,” Hooley said, “because I don't want to get a call at two in the morning saying the Christmas tree fell over."

The city can’t put spikes in the ground to hold it in place because Monument Square has utility lines underground and they don’t want to run the risk of breaching those, Hooley said.

“We work hard, it's not just today,” Hooley said. “It's getting ready and figuring out the plan and getting all of our tools and all of our supplies together. It's quite the process. But it's fun.”

The 35th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll is one of the Collar City’s premiere free events which turns downtown Troy into a showcase of performers, more than 100 free attractions plus shopping and arts & crafts. This year’s theme is Winter Wonderland. Dozens of Troy small businesses, including clothing, jewelry, gift boutiques and restaurants will open their doors.

“Really just getting excited about the holiday season to support our downtown and area businesses across the city,” said city spokesman John Salka.

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