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Holiday Decorator’s Afternoon Out was celebrated by the members of Green Triangle Garden Club as they attended a beautifully planned Holiday Flower Show at the Clarktown Community Center. The holiday show is an annual event presented by Willow, Minford, and Slocum Garden Clubs. It is a showcase of wreaths and holiday table arrangements all nicely produced for public inspection. Club members host the event, and free cookies and tea are provided. Also on the holiday schedule was the Shawnee Lodge Open House, with all Region 10 clubs participating. Sherrill Day, Green Triangle Garden Club donated a wreath for this event.

Green Triangle Garden Club’s December business meeting was held at the Minford Airport, with President Eva Wolery presiding. Members donated holiday greeting cards for the residents of Bridgeport Retirement Center. Club events of 2015 were reviewed and members nominated and elected Karen Sue Evans as Outstanding Garden Club Member of the Year. Evans served as President during this period.

Wolery announced that the club had donated two books, “Tough Plants for Northern Gardens” and “The Book of Little Hostas” to the Portsmouth Public Library in memory of members Betty Hamilton and Irene Maple.

The January meeting will be a clean-up session at Shawnee Lodge.


The December luncheon meeting of Slocum Garden Club was held at the home of Carla Scifres. Scifres home is located in Lucasville and is a country appointed log home, with décor right out of “Country Living” magazine. Guests were: Linda Warfield, Delrita Gilliland, Shirley Lyles and Debbie Potter. President Diane Reese issued a special thank-you to Naomi Shuman for her gift, a red poinsettia.

Members added homemade table centerpieces to be given as garden therapy after the meeting at Wheelersburg Adult Daily Living, Best Care. Members voted with coins for their favorite centerpiece. A hydrangea and pine centerpiece by Gracie Bates and a basket of evergreens, designed by Mary Lou Beaumont were selected as favorites.

President Reese received committee reports and reviewed recent activities, thanking members for their contributions, and Rock Hill High School’s Senior National Honor Society members: Rayleigh Gullet, Sarah McFann, Emily Murphy, Elizabeth Miller, Josh Boggs and their sponsor Kim Zornes for their work in decorating Shawnee State Park and Resort’s lodge.

Creating Thanksgiving–themed, table centerpieces and placemats was the November Garden Therapy activity at Adult Daily Living, Best Care, Wheelersburg. The December session will focus on creating a holiday centerpiece.

To initiate members, new to the club, Mary Lou Beaumont presented the program, “Christmas at Brandywine Museum”. Brandywine was the club’s inspiration in designing the Christmas “Critter Tree” at Shawnee State Park and Resorts Lodge. The “Critter Tree”, which features only handmade natural decorations, is the direct result of the efforts at the museum.

Beaumont visited the Brandywine River Museum at Chadds Ford, PA., and spoke with Donna Gormel, Director of Volunteers and Events there. Gormel explained that a tiny group of volunteers began a small project, decorating a tree with only natural elements, and that has grown into an event visited by thousands yearly, as a part of the Brandywine Conservancy. The museum is dedicated to the protection of the natural, cultural and historic elements of the area. In 1984 the museum’s volunteers created 3,000 “ornaments” for the main Christmas tree in the Reagan White House. Although the museum is located in Pennsylvania, it is near the North Carolina art studios of Andrew and James Wyeth and serves as the primary gallery for their artwork. It is also adjacent to DuPont’s “Longwood” home, gardens and four acre conservatory, adding to the museum’s international reputation.

Slocum Garden club hopes to establish a relationship with the museum representatives that would have them visit Shawnee’s State Lodge for holiday decorating in 2016.

The closing thought was to reflect on Longfellow’s poem, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, written in 1863, during the Civil War. He had received news that his son had been injured. The ringing of Christmas bells lifted his spirits and he wrote, “ … and in despair I bowed my head; there is no peace on earth, I said; for hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, goodwill to men. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail with peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

And so the bells became Slocum Garden Club’s symbol of Christmas, as they incorporated bells into their activities: Christmas flower show, garden therapy activities, Open House at Shawnee State Park and Resort’s Lodge and their December meeting. The Christmas Flower Show, “Silver Bells, at Glendale Senior Citizen Center, was sponsored by Slocum, Minford, and Willow Garden Clubs. The show contained thirty eight artistic designs and

nearly forty horticulture displays. Irmalee Gampp’s devotional design was awarded “Best of Show”. In the horticulture show, Best of Show was given to Teresa Book’s potted plant and Abigail Dunn’s juniper wreath.

Slocum Garden Club was given the Award of Distinction for their Patriotic Tree at Shawnee State Lodge. This is the 24th year that Region 10 has participated in decorating at the Lodge, where forty-five unique trees were on display for the Open House.

Garden clubs strive to carry the Christmas message throughout the year through an appreciation of the earth’s beauty and natural resources.

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