CAMDEN — Thanks to a team of Camden Garden Club members, husbands and friends, the town lamp posts are bedecked in holiday greenery again this year, according to the Garden Club, in a news release. Early on November 20 the group gathered at the American Legion Hall in Camden where 98 unadorned balsam wreaths awaited them.
The organization’s tradition of decorating the town from Thanksgiving through January began 69 years ago. Originally baskets held evergreens and red berries, then for a few years, small decorated trees, according to the Club. During the energy crisis in the 1970s the club decided to forego lights and use tinsel.
“As might have been expected, the tinsel idea lasted only one year,” said the group. “The velvety red bows and twinkling white lights, carefully and expertly wired onto the wreaths by this year’s team, have been the preferred embellishment since the 1990s. Thanks to the Camden Garden Club, the town is aglow with the spirit of the season for all to enjoy.”
Camden Garden Club welcomes guests and prospective members to their monthly meetings held April through October at the First Congregational Church in Camden. The club also hosts a Winter Horticulture Series at Camden Public Library in January and February.
Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.