Pineapples, oranges, apples, and boughs of holly?
While fruits and natural plant life adorn modern day Colonial Williamsburg wreaths, this was not always the case. The tradition of decorating Colonial Williamsburg homes with wreaths, swags, and roping embellished with fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs was only recently started in the 20th century. Although Williamsburg is well-known for its holiday decorations and events, the first year homes were decorated for Christmas in such a splendid fashion was not until 1936.
This year the Andover Historical Society will be celebrating the season with our own event based on the beautiful decorations of Colonial Williamsburg. Join Susan DeLarm Sandman of Andover’s Spade and Trowel Garden Club at the Andover Historical Society for a special wreath making workshop on December 15th, 2011 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. All wreaths will be decorated with natural materials that would have been available to the colonists, a standard rule for the Williamsburg Wreath contest. The Colonial Williamsburg Wreath Making Workshop will take place at the Andover Historical Society inside the new Christmas tree exhibit with warm drinks and treats as well!
Registrations are required in advance for this event, please call 978-475-2236 or sign-up online.