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Community Warms Up For the Holidays Making Wreaths

December 3, 2014

Roxzanna Montague

Roxzanna Montague

Residents of  the Downeast Lakes Region gathered in the Grand Lake Stream School Building on Tuesday, December 2, to make traditional balsam fir wreaths. Hosted by the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT), dozens of participants enjoyed a calm evening with Christmas carols and friends before the holiday storm.

Over creamy mugs of cocoa and homemade cookies, older attendees reminisced about making wreaths with grandparents, aunts and uncles while contentedly bundling balsam fir tips and wiring them on to metal rings. A handful of children and adults new to the tradition looked on, and picked up ideas and inspiration from the wreath making masters in their midst.  Supported with encouraging words, and quick tutorials on bow tying, everyone produced a wreath worthy of a front door. “I didn’t think it was going to look that good,” said one of the younger participants holding up her wreath, “But this isn’t too bad!”

“This is a fantastic way for the community to get into the holiday spirit while practicing a Downeast tradition that uses natural materials found in our community forest.” reflected DLLT Executive Director David Montague.

The DLLT regularly hosts speakers, community forums, work parties, workshops and leads outdoor adventures that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Maine woods and waters.  Visit our website to discover what is happening next!



Old wreath-making hand, Ali Wheaton, shows how it’s done.