The year’s holiday CommUNITY Tree was lit Saturday night on the Fountain Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring.

The tree was once again designed by Karl Unnasch, who has created the Re-Imagining the Holidays art installation for the past six years, along with a partner, Michael Cimino, and three local artists—Michelle IzquierdoVanessa Smith and Erick Satchell II.

The 35-foot tall installation is topped by a mobile sculpture, and additional mobiles are installed in the breezeway from the Wayne Avenue garage. The tree will be on display until the end of the holiday season.

Top, Tommy McFly, formerly of FreshFM 94.7, once again served as emcee for the tree lighting. All photos by Mike Diegel.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
CommUNITY Holiday Tree Lit in Downtown Silver Spring