After deciding to change things up this year and forego our traditional Holiday Luncheon, club members invited friends and family to the first annual Christmas Cheer, a cocktail party fundraiser. The evening party at Seatuck was a great success. Tabletop trees, decorated by garden club members, were auctioned to an appreciative group of guests, as was a beautiful wreath of greens donated by Maura Brush of Old Westbury, and a spectacular centerpiece made by our own Mary Miller. Guests enjoyed all types of appetizers and finger food, beer and wine, live music, and the festive company of their neighbors. Thank you to all who put in the effort to making this a wonderful night. Merry Christmas!
This is the month to get our plans for the Christmas Cheer Party in order. Tina distributed tabletop Christmas trees to everyone to decorate for auction at our December cocktail party at Seatuck. Committees were formed and volunteers were assigned duties-looks like we’re going to be busy!
South Side volunteers helped decorate the mansion at Seatuck for the Christmas season.
Members were delighted to attend a floral arranging workshop by Old Westbury Gardens’ Maura Brush. Maura gave a powerpoint presentation that showed some of her creations at Old Westbury, followed by a hands-on demonstration, encouraging us to use material we can find in our gardens. Becky Halleron “volunteered” to show us that we too can make an arrangement after watching Maura select and place the roses, dahlias, fruit and greens that she brought with her.
As a fundraiser, our club set up tables on Michelle Pittman’s front lawn to coordinate with the Village of Brightwaters’ autumn Community Yard Sale In The Park.
We met at the Bay Shore Brightwaters Library for our first meeting of the year after the summer recess. Members brought cuttings and seeds from their yard for a plant exchange, and some got advice from Mary Miller on the coleus standards we’ve been training. Some were doing better than others!