Deck The Halls!

Tables and tables are filled with greenery and materials to create the ideal wreath for the upcoming Christmas season.

ASHLAND – Once again, Carolyn and Jerry Peart will be hosting Deck The Halls!, which raises funds for Hanover Safe Place. The hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This is the 16th year they have opened their home, Pine Grove Farm, at 12438 Elmont Rd. in Ashland to the public for this charitable fundraiser. It provides a variety of services in Hanover County for women and children in crisis. For more information, visit the website at www.hanoversafeplace.com.

Monies raised from the event support organizations for women and children.

Santa Claus and Rudolph will make appearances.

An entry donation of $35 for adults and $10 for children is requested.

Guests receive up to three wreath forms and three pre-made bows to make fresh decorations for their homes, offices, wherever.

All forms must be used on-site.

Attendees can make additional swags, table runners, roping, etc., and their own bows -- as many as they wish.

“We supply wreath forms, wire, clippers, decorations (all natural), to include several types of pine cones, holly berries, beauty berry, winterberry, juniper berry. Greenery: fir, cedar, holly, boxwood, pine, magnolia, etc.,” Carolyn said.

“We provide pre-made bows or ribbon to make your own,” she added. (The bows alone cost $12 to $20 at the big chains). “We have candles and holiday decorations for festive table centerpieces.”

Twenty-five to 30 coaches (garden club experts and decorating experts) are available to help with creations.

Tables are set up with wire, clippers, gloves, wreath forms, etc., with a gardening “expert” at each table to teach and mentor, including a special section for boxwood wreaths

“If you just want to enjoy the event and not create,” Carolyn said, “we have decorations for low prices, made by experts from area garden clubs. For an additional donation, folks can buy gorgeous fully decorated wreaths, swags, table-toppers created by our design experts with all freshly cut greens.”

Carolyn and Jerry encourage guests to visit the 1905 barn, heated with a wood stove, where they serve hot chocolate, tea, coffee, cider and plates and plates full of homemade goodies.

In the spirit of “green,” they use their special Deck The Halls! mugs.

According to Carolyn, the entrance donation is less than the typical garden center or retail outlet cost of one wreath or one centerpiece or one any fresh holiday decoration.

Handicap, elderly and guest drop-off is at Pine Grove Farm, 12438 Elmont, Ashland. All other parking is at Henry Clay Elementary School on Hanover Street in Ashland. The Holiday Trolley will drive folks ½-mile to the event at the farm.

Sponsors are: Gulf Gulf Seaboard General Contractors; Charles H. Francis & Sons Plumbing; Andrea Brown, Edward Jones; Foam to Size; Patriot Mechanical.

Luck Chevrolet; Bon Secours Foundation; Claybrooke Tree Farm; ACE Hardware of Ashland; Maine Wreath Company. Ashwood Gardens.

The Flower Market/Vogue Flowers; The Garden Club of Ashland; and Starbucks of Ashland.

For more information, or to volunteer for Deck The Halls!, contact Carolyn Peart at 804-543-5765 (mobile) or carolyn.peart@verizon.net.

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