“The Historical Society will once again be offering fresh evergreen swags for home decorating needs for the holidays. Made locally by Society members, these fresh boughs of local pine and cedar are accented with bunches of fresh holly berries. A large all-weather red velvet bow adds the finishing touch. Approximate size is 24 inches long by 18 inches wide. The cost is $15.00 each.”
As I write the above, I remember the fun the volunteers had the last two years gathering together to participate in this fundraiser. The guys would go out in their trucks, on the coldest snowiest day to maximize the fun (ok maybe not) and trim fresh evergreens and holly. Then bring it all back to the rest of us, warm inside a heated pole barn with donuts and hot coffee, to put together into fresh swags. There was a lot of conversation and good times shared.
But this year it is different. Because we value our volunteers, we don’t want to put them at risk. Unfortunately, our buildings are officially closed, but that doesn’t mean the electric bills stopped arriving in the mail. The Historical Society still has to pay for water, electricity, phone, insurance, internet, etc. just as you all do whether you have income or not.
So, we are still going to sell some swags, but we will not be attending the craft fair at the 4-H building like we have in the past. We are hoping you will still want to decorate with these fresh evergreens, and support our cause, so we are asking that you call Donna 908-208-2372 or Nancy 618-240-2021 and place your order.
Because we know more people are staying home at Thanksgiving, if you want yours before then, please advise us, as we will be making them earlier, and more frequently, a few at a time, rather than having a large group gather together to do 100 or so in a day. Again, this is for safety reasons. We will call or text you when they are done, and make arrangements for you individually to safely pick them up at the Research library.
Additionally, this year, we have created some one of a kind, grave blankets/pillows made of artificial greenery with ribbons that can be used as a grave covering or as tombstone foot pieces. Wire tie- downs will be provided to fasten them securely into the ground. Limited cemetery delivery might be possible for those of you who live away. An appropriate delivery fee will be added. (Or, you can just make a large donation, particularly if we have to stomp around the cemetery looking for your loved ones. We will need hot chocolate after that.)
The cost of a small one (about 3 ft in length) is $40, and the longer one (about 4 ft) is $50. There are also decorated wire silhouette angels that will be sold for $15 apiece and one little artificial porch tree decorated with red cardinals for $10. All of these are limited in number, and each one unique. The pictures you see here were taken at the Lawrenceville cemetery to show how they would look against a stone, and don’t really do the actual blankets/pillows justice. If you want to actually see them, call one of the numbers above, and arrangements will be made to show them to you at the Research library.