The Garden Club holiday event returns

Christmas is getting a sweet treat from the Stone Garden Club this weekend.

Permanent Stone Garden Club celebrates its hometown today, Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4. This year’s theme is Christmas in Kandland.

The event will be held at the Huntington County Historical Society McMurryt House and Gallery and the Huntingon County Library on Fourth and Penn Streets.

Various trees, wreaths and arrangements were displayed in honor of the traditional board game.

Garden Club president Carol Helig said the event has been going on for more than 25 years, but last year’s event only included outdoor decorations.

She said the event was the first of its kind when the club’s founders wanted to bring more traffic to the historic community.

“Many people were not visiting him at the time,” she says. “So they thought it was important to have an event that unites the community.”

Originally, the hometown celebration was known as the Tree Festival, but it changed over time as the club decided to focus more on flower arrangements.

Since its inception, the event has been a popular Christmas celebration in Huntington.

This year’s theme was chosen by Member Sue Pro.

“I thought it would be beautiful,” she said. “Everyone seems to agree and you can think of many ways to use it.”

Along with the displays, the Garden Club sells a variety of jewelry, ornaments and floral arrangements.

Club member Gale McCormick says being able to sell these items is an important fundraiser for the club.

“The money we make goes into the work we do around the community,” she said. “We help care for six different gardens and do what we can to make the area more beautiful.”

McCormick says there will be more Christmas celebrations in the historic community and library.

“Everything we sell is made by us,” she said. “We have workshops to make things like wreaths and birdhouses.”

Helig says it is always a joy to be able to celebrate.

“It’s a great way to prepare for the season,” she said.

The show is open to the public today, Friday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the library will be closed at 5 p.m.

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