Mary Whitaker

Mary Whitaker of the Wednesday Women’s Group decorating their tree during last year’s Enchanting Forest in Marine on St. Croix.


After a highly successful event last year, the Marine on St. Croix City Council approved the reemergence of the “Enchanting Forest” Nov. 30. Roughly two dozen trees can be purchased and decorated in Gazebo Park to support Small Business Saturday in the community.

“Last year went really well,” said City Council Member, Gwen Springsteen Roden. “We had people come out from the cities specifically to see the Enchanting Forest. Then, they came to our stores and did some shopping, so it was exactly what we had hoped for.” Roden is spearheading the project this year and hopes to accomplish the same goals that were set during the first event.

“We’re looking to encourage people to come into Marine and patronize our businesses here,” she said. “Things slow down in the business world in Marine during the winter, so this event gives people a destination and helps our community during Small Business Saturday.”

Trees are available for purchase by community members who will then decorate and display them in Gazebo Park until December 31. Last year, Marine Garage, HWY North Gift Shop, Marine Library, St. Croix Chocolate Company and other businesses all decorated their trees with their own special flair. Marine Garage had an “automotive décor” with oil funnels, brake rotors and an oil filter “star” on top. Others decorated in a more classic design. This year will be filled with more cleverly decorated trees and extra goodies from local businesses.

“I think more of the businesses are taking advantage of Small Business Saturday this year,” says Roden. “The General Store will have cider and cookies, and samplings of our holiday offerings like cheeses, crackers and cookies. St. Croix Chocolate will have complimentary hot chocolate, and HWY North Gift Shop will be serving treats too. Mary Jo Vandell will also have lots of fun gift items for purchase in her studio above the Marine General Store.”

Those interested in purchasing a tree for decoration can contact the Marine General Store for further information. Local businesses, groups and residents are encouraged to join and visit Gazebo Park on November 30 to see the unique decorations and support Marine on St. Croix businesses. 

“We hope that everyone can come enjoy this year’s Enchanting Forest,” says Roden. “It should be very decorative, festive and fun!”

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