By Tom Shevlin
NEWPORT -- About a dozen people gathered around the bust of President John Adams at Fort Adams for a ceremonial tree planting on Thursday, Patriot's Day. None was as proud as George Brian Sullivan, better known as Dr. Love.
Proclaiming the occasion to be the start of a worldwide peace initiative, Sullivan dedicated the tree -- a flowerful Adams Crabapple -- in fittingly theatrical style.
Planted to establish the Adams Apple Orchard of Peace and Love, the tree was the first of what Sullivan hopes will be several planted across the 41st parallel.
The tree was purchased by Newport artist James Baker at a generous discount by Chaves Gardens of 935 East Main Rd. in Middletown.
Rick Miranda of Aquidneck Landworks provided the planting services with the support of the state Department of Environmental Management and the Fort Adams Trust.
Apple pie a la mode ensued.