FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2023
(Green Bay, Wis.) The holidays are here and Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) is excited to unveil three uniquely designed trees to travelers and community members for the first annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Over the past two weeks, Green Bay West High School, 4th graders from King Elementary School and the Handmade Papermakers of Green Bay, Students of Aldo Leopold Community School (ALCS) have crafted exquisite holiday tree themes which will be displayed for holiday travelers.
“Watching the students and faculty of each of these schools come together to bring their designs to life has been truly amazing,” said Marty Piette, A.A.E., Airport Director. “Their stories and visions will bring smiles to our travelers, and they’ll learn something along the way.”
Green Bay West High School’s design includes fused glass snowflakes, uniquely crafted by students and staff to represent the individuality of each person that makes up our community. The snowflakes will adorn a 20-foot artificial evergreen stationed in the pre-security Grand Lobby of the airport.
4th Graders from King Elementary School brought the stories, history and culture of the Onedia Nation to their 10-foot artificial evergreen. Beadwork, language, custom ornaments and more will tell the story of what it means to Oneida Nation members. This tree will be seen by travelers going through Concourse A, post-security. Photos of the tree will be available for viewing during the ceremony.
Handmade Papermakers of Green Bay, Students of Aldo Leopold Community School (ALCS) used the history of our area’s papermaking to create handcrafted snowflakes for their 10-foot artificial evergreen. Their tree will be positioned post-security at Concourse B. Photos of this tree will also be made available during the ceremony for viewing.
“Sharing our area’s culture, history and creativity to all those that travel this season is a real treat,” said Troy Streckenbach, Brown County Executive. “It’s an honor to have these students take the initiative to come together to learn and create such beautiful pieces.”
The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in the Grand Lobby of the airport and will include a viewing and lighting of the Green Bay West High School’s “Crystalized” tree. For security reasons, Concourse trees will be unavailable to non-ticketed guests. Photos will be available for viewing of these trees at the ceremony.
About Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport
Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) is the third largest airport in the state, serving Northeast Wisconsin and portions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Business and leisure flights are offered by five major airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, Sun Country and United Airlines, and two fixed base operators (FBOs), JetAir Group and Executive Air. As the Gateway to Lambeau Field, GRB is a Green Bay Packers Partner and the home airport of the Packers.
Additionally, GRB is one of only two commercial airports in Wisconsin designated as a Landing Rights Airport by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for international flight arrivals.
Marty Piette, A.A.E. – Airport Director Katie Flanigan
Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Inc.
920-498-4800 920-965-7750 ext. 152