Garden Club learns decorating tips

For the WPT

MABEN — The end of 2012 was celebrated by the Maben Home and Garden Club at the Maben Methodist Church on Dec. 11 at noon.

The hostesses impressed the group with gaily decorated tables all dressed in red clothes with nandina foliage interspersed with angels and gorgeous poinsettias donated to the club by Jim Scrivener, a lifelong member of Maben Methodist Church. Before the delicious potluck luncheon was enjoyed by members and visitors, Jackie Christopher read the Christmas story taken from Luke and she then blessed the food.

The afternoon program was presented by Judy Heard and Trudy Woodruff, both from the famous Pack Rat Shop in Louisville. Both ladies showed the ladies tricks of the trade when using the popular web-mesh fabric. They had stunning wreaths on hand to show how the mesh can be used.

During the course of the meeting, questions flowed from the members, especially those who enjoyed “doing their own thing” with the mesh. 2012’s Christmas colors were still red and green, except the green is more sage than grass green. Burlap is a big new favorite, whether making bows or encircling the tree with it.

Really large round and elongated ornaments are used in abundance, in addition to owls, birds, deer, grape vines and other wild creature shapes. The tops were still filled with a profusion of spikes and swirls. More seemed to be better than less.

Marge Musser, the afternoon leader and hostess, was roped into learning how to make a bow before leaving.

At the conclusion of the program, the business meeting proceeded. President Anne Earnest called for the reading of the minutes and the financial statements, which were accepted as read.

Mrs. Christopher announced that the Christmas lighting contest would be held on Dec. 17, with the judging starting at 7 p.m. First, second, third and honorable mention ribbons would be given for Best Door, Best Window and Best Overall for homes and Best Business. A motion was presented that the first-place winners and judges receive $25 each. Approval was given by the club.

Sandra Bishop presented her bids concerning the maintenance of the “Welcome to Maben” sign and the Maben Public Library, plus bids for the restoration to the four-way stop. The town of Maben has agreed to remove all existing shrubs, roots and other debris, and build up the north corners at no cost. After discussion, the club voted to accept Shuff`s bid for both jobs.

Secretary Dottie Dewberry requested that this bid be submitted for safekeeping with the club minutes` file.

The Yard of the Month was placed in the yard of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Walters.

The club will meet again at the Methodist church on Jan. 15 with Charles Weatherly from the Oktibbeha County Rose Society as the guest speaker. After a motion and second the club agreed to adjourn until the new year.