The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 27, 2013

Optimist, Scouts launch tree sales


TARBORO — The Tarboro Optimist Club and three Boy Scouts  will get a jump on selling Christmas trees this year by placing its Fraser Furs on sale beginning 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today. Trees will also be on sale from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving day.

The Christmas trees normal operation at 1718 Howard Ave. will be from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The civic club purchased 210 trees from a North Carolina grower ranging from 7 feet to 10 feet.

"This is a fun time of the year," said Optimist President Bobby Freuler. "We look forward to seeing new customers and repeat customers. Buying real trees are a tradition for many people in Tarboro. And they like how they smell."

Having a real tree is a tradition that the Reid Beamon's family takes pride in. Since 2005 Beamon, 24, has been one of the first to buy a tree from the Optimist. The Beamon family literally has a spy that keeps a close lookout on the Howard Avenue location.

"My God mother (Joyce Pace) lives across the street," said Beamon's mother Marcie Beamon. "She let us know what's going on."

Once the stock comes in Reid is notified. It's not long after the notification that Reid will drive up to the site. This ritual has taken place since 1999. Reid maybe considered a christmas tree expert.

"I look at all the trees and when I find one that I like, I inspect it for holes, falling nettles. I want it to last from Christmas to New Years. I love doing it. I'm in my element. My friends compare me to Clark Griswald" (a character played by Chevy Chase in the movie National Lapoon Christmas Vacation).

The trees are expected to arrive in Tarboro around 4 p.m. today. Reid said he hope to be on site two hour later. Tarboro baseball team will assist customers with loading the trees.

The Tarboro Optimist Club promotes youth activities in Edgecombe County. It has nine members and "always looking for more," said Freuler.

"The proceeds from the Christmas tree sale support the Boy Scouts, Tarboro High School baseball team and the youth of Edgecombe County," he said. "Without the support of the public, there is no way that we can do that."