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       On Saturday Dec. 5  the folks at Pemberton Hall Foundation and Westside Historical Society will again offer a workshop in making your own natural greenery Christmas decorations.  This has become a popular annual event at Pemberton Historical Park,  a chance  to make beautiful wreaths, swags and other decorations for the holidays!

All the greens and materials needed will be provided by these two heritage organizations, plus hands-on instruction, and at the same time learn some interesting bits of the history of  the  commercial importance of the harvesting and creation of natural greenery wreaths on the Eastern Shore.   For many years in the 1800s and early 1900s  local farmers made a tidy profit to carry their families over the winter by cutting holly, cedar, and other greens, fashioning them into hundreds of beautiful wreaths, and shipping them by the railroad to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and other cities in the region.  This workshop will teach the same methods, using natural materials to make the finished product. No prior experience is necessary!

Classes will be held in the Education Building at Pemberton Historical Park  (on Pemberton Drive) and will begin at 10 am.  Space is limited to about ten persons working at one time, so although reservations are not required, to avoid waiting  for a space at the work table,  “students” may phone ahead – at 410-742-1741.

No  decorations such as ribbons or ornaments Moncler outlet will be provided, but if the  crafter wishes to include these they can be brought along  and the instructors will assist in attaching them to the finished product.  Some real  fruits (lemons, apples) also will be available for an extra fee if they are desired.

The cost for making one item is $15, but crafters may choose to make more than one  item,  with the cost being  $15 each.   Refreshments will be provided , and both heritage organizations will have a number  of  gift items for sale.

On Sunday, Dec. 6 the workshop will be held again in Mardela Springs at the Barren Creek Heritage Museum at 413 Main Street.   Instruction will begin  at approximately 2:30 and will continue for approximately one hour.  For information about either the Dec. 5th  or 6th workshops  email  westsidehistorical@gmail.com  or phone 410-742-1741 or 410-726-8047.

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