During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, when giving and gratitude go hand in hand, the David Street Station Christmas tree project exemplifies the spirit of the season.
The project is just one of many activities sponsored throughout the year by David Street Station and the Downtown Development Authority, which rely on private support.
Placing the Christmas tree at David Street Station was a bit like an old-fashioned community barn-raising. Businesses around the Casper area contributed their time and expertise to make the undertaking a success.
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Aaron Rodolph, the owner of Rodolph Brothers Inc., selected this year’s tree – a 37-foot, Colorado blue spruce — from among several submitted for consideration. His company then removed the tree, and with the help of Viking Crane Service, and Total Oilfield Rentals transported it to David Street Station. Ahern Rentals supplied the lifts so the team at Galles Greenhouse and Rock Yard could get up in the air and decorate the tree.
“It’s fun to be a part of stuff like this. It’s neat to see a group of people come out and do something for the community,” Aaron said. “It makes it feel like Christmas.”
Kustom Koncepts, which does steel fabrication work, built a stand and anchor for the massive tree.
“We have worked with David Street Station since the very beginning,” owner Branden Wagner said. “We’ve just really grown fond of the space and everything that goes on down there.”
In addition to the Christmas tree project, Branden noted that David Street Station is a great place for community activities regardless of the season.
DistributionNOW and Power Service joined forces to sponsor this year’s Christmas tree lighting, said Erik Alberts, director for Power Service. Erik expects more than 100 of their employees will attend the lighting ceremony, which will be held Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., before the annual downtown Christmas parade. Now Inc. acquired Power Service in 2016.
“We want to get our name out there,” Erik remarked. “We want our employees to be proud of what we’re doing in the community and have them be involved as well.”
In a related effort, GW Mechanical connected a “chiller” at David Street Station to produce ice for the skating rink. The rink will open on Nov. 29 and will remain open through February.
“GW Mechanical likes the opportunity to create safe and fun places for our youth friends in the community to make memories,” Brittney Carpenter, administrative assistant, said. “This is the perfect way to do that.”
In December, David Street Station also will host a “Skate with Santa” event, sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services.
The David Street Station staff wishes to send a big holiday “thank you” to everyone who made this year’s Christmas tree possible.
“We’re very lucky that all these companies are willing to help us complete this large project,” Marketing Manager Julie Schmitt said. “It’s pretty remarkable – lifting a tree, cutting it down, placing it in an ice rink – we really couldn’t do it without their help.”
For more information about David Street Station and its events, visit the website davidstreetstation.com.