It takes a village to hang a Christmas wreath

A dozen members of the Carrboro Garden Club contribute greenery cuttings and wind them into circular grapevine forms to create the three wreaths that frame the entrance to Carrboro's Town Hall for the holiday season. Photo by Diana Newton.

COMMUNITY

By Diana Newton
Correspondent

Early Monday morning, a group of women, some in Santa hats, inserted last minute sprigs and pine cones into a nearly six-foot Christmas wreath that was about to be hoisted up above the entrance of the Carrboro Town Hall. Why? A few deer had nibbled into the freshly-made design overnight, apparently impressed by the variety of greenery laid out like a buffet.

Each year, members of the Carrboro Garden Club gather on a wintry weekend to cut and gather juniper and cedar branches, grapevines, holly sprigs laden with red berries, and more in order to create the three wreaths that grace the front of the municipal building. First led by former Carrboro Alderperson Frances Shetley, the Carrboro Garden Club has been contributing fresh wreaths to the town for forty years.

Local deer mistake the finished wreath for a buffet table before it is moved to Carrboro Town Hall. Photo by Diana Newton.

 

Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils, staff members from Town of Carrboro Public Works, and members of the Carrboro Garden Club gathered to raise the huge Christmas wreaths over Town Hall. Photo by Diana Newton.

 

A bucket truck lifts a worker up to guide the largest wreath into place by rope. Photo by Diana Newton.


Diana Newton is a coach, facilitator, filmmaker, writer, artist, yoga teacher and general Renaissance woman. Her documentary film, The Ties That Bind, is available for streaming on UNC-TV. She lives in Carrboro and is a UNC alum.

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