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A Green Christmas


Garden Club's annual sale opens at Arts Center Friday



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Members of the Southbridge Garden Club put together the final touches on Christmas wreaths that will be sold at their 15th annual Greens Sale. From left to right: Judith Ducheneau, Doris Brown, Ingrid Hoopes, Vivian Beeman, Sonja Dion, Carol Gaudreau and June Chase trim some wreaths. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
December 01, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Seven women worked steadily Tuesday, Nov. 30, putting Christmas wreaths together on a long table — closely resembling Santa's elves. With holiday music quietly playing in the background and the smell of pine so prevalent around the old building, one can't help but count the days until Christmas.

The 15th Annual Green Sale at the Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities at 111 Main St. in Southbridge will take place on from noon – 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4

The Southbridge Garden Club will host the event. The club's 32 members have been hard at work assembling wreaths and other holiday-themed crafts inside of the council building for several days.

"We used to just decorate the inside of the building and give a tour each Christmas," explained Garden Club Vice President Vickie Cheney, of Brimfield. "People enjoyed the wreaths and decorations so much that they wanted to buy them, so we began selling them. The tour will span three of the largest rooms of the house."

The proceeds from the sale will go to local scholarships, town improvement and education programs, according to Club President Esther Sabbey. The Green Sale is their largest fundraising project of the year.

The wreaths vary in price, from smaller wreaths typically priced between $3 and $5 and larger wreaths priced higher — although no prices have been set yet, as they fluctuate from year to year.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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