- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

ACUSHNET, Mass. (AP) - On Sunday, just a few days after Thanksgiving, people were out picking the perfect tree for their home - including Batman.

The Caped Crusader, known by day as Andrew Cody, who will be four in January, was clad in his mask and cape while helping pick out the perfect bat-tree.

“He wants to build a Batmobile,” his father Steve said, taking a break from tree shopping. He mentioned a robot and Captain America costume Andrew wears, too. His mother Danielle said he’s been wearing costumes since September.

The New Bedford family - Steve, Danielle and 2-year-old Gracie - was at Keith’s Farm in Acushnet, where they’ve been coming for about five years. They were studying a board that had information on the types of trees offered, along with their characteristics.

When asked what they were looking for in a tree, Danielle said, “something soft.” Steve added that they also wanted something sturdy that could hold a lot of ornaments. They planned to cut down a tree on their own that would still look good by Christmas, Steve said.

At about 2 p.m. Sunday, worker Logan Charbonneau said they had cut down about 60 trees and continued to cut down more.

Some families wanted to cut their own tree and others claimed theirs to be cut down and picked up at a later date. Prices ranged from $15 to $100.

Rich Schiarizzi, holding a saw, made the nearly 40-minute drive from Halifax to cut down a tree with his family - a tradition of theirs, he said.

“We’ve been doing it for a long time. This is only our second time here,” Schiarizzi said. The family was debating on what tree they wanted and planned to scope out their options.

“Everyone wants something different . size, shape, the needles,” Schiarizzi said. The family takes turns cutting it down, he said.

“I like them full and fat. I like them really full,” said Caitlin Faunce of Fairhaven, holding 20-month-old Bryant Vieira who was eating an apple.

Her family gets a real tree every year, Faunce said. “We’ve always come here since we were little kids.”

She said they usually hop on the free trailer ride and then pick a tree. They planned to tag one and pick it up later in the week or next weekend.

At Crossroads Commons in Freetown, 21-year-old Corey Marsden of Norton was selling trees from Nova Scotia, Canada ranging from $35 to $65.

At 2:42, Marsden sold 23 trees out of 400 that he bought to sell for the season. It was his first year selling there since his step-father took ownership of the plaza, he said while warming up next to a fire.

Erin Ross of Freetown was picking out a tree with her dad, Chris. They were deliberating on trees and were leaning toward a full one that wasn’t too tall.

Erin said it was probably their fifth year picking a tree at Crossroads Commons. They had been to other places before, Erin said, but “it’s better to (help) small businesses.”


Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, https://www.southcoasttoday.com

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