Again this year, the National Park Service gave Friends of Chatham permission to cut greens from the property to make wreaths for the exterior doors of the manor house. On December 6, volunteers Beth Stenstrom, Carol Ann Campbell, Joyce Childress and Carol Hyland gathered boxwood, magnolia, holly
and other greenery. Using grapevine bases as a starting point, they added greenery and then festive bows to fashion 5 unique wreaths and hung them on Chatham’s doors to welcome holiday guests.
For the first time this year, there was also a wreath workshop where a small number of Friends of Chatham members could fashion their own wreaths using greenery gathered at Chatham. Working with volunteers Beth Stenstrom and Carol Hyland, the six workshop attendees demonstrated masterful creativity, using different themes and approaches for
their wreaths. While each participant had access to the same materials and all of the final products were beautiful, they could not have been more different. The workshop was a fun and rewarding holiday activity.