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The Castine Elm Tree Benefit Dinner sponsored by the Pentagoet Inn, Castine, Maine travels to southern Italy for an evening of food and wine on Tuesday, June 26th. Five course celebration by reservation. 326-8616
The elm tree has a long history in this country as a symbol of freedom. It is said that during colonial times in Boston, American patriots frequently met beneath a majestic elm to plan their opposition to British rule. Incensed by these meetings, the British cut down the tree, moving the Americans closer to rebellion. After this incident, American elms were referred to as “liberty” elms. When the Revolutionary War was over, thousands of elms were planted to honor this history and also for the beauty and stateliness they brought to many a town’s main street. In 1930, Dutch elm disease (caused by a bark beetle) entered the country hidden in a shipment of logs imported by furniture companies for the making of veneer. This was a catastrophe for American elms and by 1980 seventy-seven million elms across the US were gone. Castine is one of the few towns in the country where a large number of the ancient elms survive, some of these over 150 years old.
All proceeds from the event go toward the care of the ancient trees and the replacement of any Dutch elm diseased trees with new disease resistant varieties.