Woodland Garden Club: Decorations for senior center highlight December activities

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 12:01 AM


Woodland Garden Club conducted its latest meeting Dec. 4 at the Vance County Senior Center.

Katie Swecker hosted the meeting while Elmira Choopani (Vu) presided. Jean Bell and Sylvia Esquivel were introduced as new members of the club. Swecker presented the devotional, “Because You Are Special.”

Judy Campbell, winner of the club’s New Bud Award last year, led the program: “Christmas Workshop: Special Christmas Decorations.” Campbell designed the holiday decorations for the interior and exterior of Vance County Senior Center using winter greens and other accents. Club members assisted Campbell in this beautification project.

A hemlock garland used to drape the archway to the senior center dining room was a focal point. Rosehips, holly, berries and apples were added to the long wired garland and red bows added a finishing touch to the archway.

Campbell demonstrated how she used her handmade dried items to make 12 dining room table arrangements. She glued dried lemons, oranges, apples and almonds to dried okra (painted gold). To these red and white candy canes were tied with red ribbon.

Other activities this month included Christmas tree decorations at the library, participation with the new Senior Center Garden Club, and the planting of a butterfly garden at Dabney Elementary School.

The program — “Ecology, Recycle and Litter Control” — will be presented at the next meeting, to be held at Dabney Elementary School.

Club members met at Ribeyes Restaurant after the business meeting for a Christmas lunch, each one bringing with them a Christmas toy. Betty White, Vivian McIntyre and Choopani transported them to Maria Parham Medical Center and gave them away to young patients there.

• Butterfly tip — Butterflies need the warmth of the sun (at a minimum of 50 degrees) in order to fly.