Wreath makers get crafty at Leyden Town Hall

  • Workshop participants assemble wreaths at Leyden Town Hall on Sunday. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • Workshop participants assemble wreaths at Leyden Town Hall on Sunday. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • Bernardston resident Kim Fawcett poses for a photo with her finished wreath at Sunday’s wreath-making workshop at Leyden Town Hall. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

Staff Writer
Published: 11/28/2022 6:21:53 PM
Modified: 11/28/2022 6:21:37 PM

Leyden Town Hall was beginning to smell a lot like Christmas on Sunday, as abundant white pine, hemlock and other fir branches were assembled into wreaths.

“It’s just a great event,” said Bernardston resident Kim Fawcett, who participated in the Leyden United Methodist Church’s annual wreath-making workshop. “Even though you’re inside, you get to smell the outdoors, you’re part of the outdoors, and you’re creating.”

This year’s workshop marked a triumphant return after the tradition, which started in 2014, was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 60 people came to Town Hall during two crafting sessions between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to organizer Emily Herron-Clark. Each participant contributed $25, with half the proceeds benefiting the church.

“It feels good,” Herron-Clark said. “It’s been really well attended.”

She attributed the impressive attendance to the event’s uniqueness. A wreath-making workshop is rare enough as it is, she said, but a workshop with a wide variety of greens to choose from is even more uncommon. At this one, makers could pull from a selection of white pine, hemlock and other fir branches, as well as a stock of festive ribbons.

“I think it was just a matter of being able to smell the fresh greens,” Fawcett said regarding what she enjoyed about the process of making her wreath. “Being able to create and wrap something nice and tight is a perfect stress reliever.”

Greenfield native Barbara Carne, who traveled north from Florida to be with her daughter for the holidays, said that while making her wreath was “a lot of fun” and “kind of simple,” it was also “really time-consuming.” She expressed mild embarrassment about being one of the last in her session to finish her wreath, but reasoned that her productivity had been impeded by wholesome distractions. Aside from reconnecting with her daughter, the former Pioneer Valley Regional School teacher said she had run into several former students of hers and took some time to catch up.

“It’s nice to see people you don’t get to see very often,” Herron-Clark said. “You get to catch up with them and visit.”

“That’s why I got a slow start,” Carne said. “I was busy gabbing!”

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-930-4231 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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