Sunday, 19 November 2017 21:17

Wreath workshop helps participants get into the holiday spirit Featured

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ORLAND - Tis' the season to begin readying your home for the holidays. But how many of you can say you created your own festive decorations?

One event in Orland is getting participants into the holiday spirit.

It may have been rainy outside, but it's certainly cheery inside.

This group spent Sunday creating something worth pining for.

"It's a great way for people to connect with what's around us abundant supply of natural resources to make Christmas decorations in Maine," said Cheri Domina, executive director of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.

They're learning to make balsam fir wreaths, one snip at a time.

"Smells like Maine woods," said Shirley Pierce, who attended the workshop.

"This is a good opportunity to teach people something that's a long tradition around here," Domina said.

Each year, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust sponsors the free event open to the public.

"It's something anybody of any age and ability can do, and people like this opportunity to learn something new," Domina said.

"I like how you have to wrap it, and you have to use some strength," said Nayeli Monahan, 7, who learned to make a wreath.

While some make it look easy, there's a bit of a learning curve.

"It takes about an hour, and there are some tricks to it," said Susan Steingass, who attended the workshop.

"You end up with something you can bring home and hang on your front door and be proud of," Domina said.

And even though we haven't reached Thanksgiving yet..."It's got us in the Christmas spirit," said Steingass.

Next Sunday 11/26, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust will be holding their annual Christmas tree sale from 12-3 at Cross Road in Orland Village.

All trees are $25 and sales benefit Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.