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Hanging of the Greens

Preparing for Holiday Festivities

On a dark and chilly December 1, we are talking really chilly in that the temp inside the house was registering 50º because the heat had not yet been turned on, members of the Friends of the D.D. Collins House and the Collinsville Garden Club decorated the house for the First Annual Christmas Gathering.

Terry Falline, our lighting expert, is installing can up-lights to add additional lighting to each of the rooms. He also placed a candle in each of the windows across the front of the house.

Certainly you have heard the expression, “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle.” Well that can be true of lighting, too. No, this strand of electric lights were not being untangled to be installed in the house as a part of the decorating; but the living room parlor was so dark, that Tom went out to his truck and found a strand of lights that he and his wife, Sarah, were taking for recycling. He brought them inside in a effort to give us the light we needed to work by. We were fortunate that Tom and Sarah worked at the Collins House prior to going to the recycling center, as the living room parlor would have been so dark until Terry finished installing his lighting, we may have never been able to complete the decorating.

Did I mention it was chilly… really chilly?

Question: How can you tell you have a serious volunteer at work?

Answer: He brings his own ladder!

Tom and Sarah Wilkerson are invaluable volunteers with the Friends of the D.D. Collins House. Sarah measured and attached the ribbons that held the hand-made boxwood wreaths on the window panes, while Tom buttoned-open the curtains then helped Sarah hang the wreaths.

With the installation of the can up-lights and the illumination from untangled strand of lights, shadows loomed large in the parlor. Elaine Arnotti from the Collinsville Garden Club begins decorating the Christmas Tree. Dried hydrangeas from Trisha’s garden, small candles and a simple garland will enhance this year’s tree.

Members of the Garden Club work on fresh arrangements, which will sit inside the fireplace openings. Terry Falline will backlight the arrangements; they promise to be stunning. Trisha made a fresh boxwood wreath for the front door. Was it colder inside or out? Not much difference if the truth were told.


Fun none-the-less.

Please join us for the


Saturday, December 3, 2016

11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Phone:  Call Lavadna at 618.420.0288         

Mail: c/o 104 Irene Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234 

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