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.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!