By Allie Jarrell
Mason News Staff Writer
The basement of the Mason Library smelled of fresh pine last Tuesday night as a class of women was taught to make festive holiday wreaths.
Dennis Banning of Van Atta’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Haslett led the workshop and provided the women with wooden frames, twine and different types of greens to work with. He took them step-by-step through the construction of a wreath, giving them individual pointers along the way.
Head librarian Sheryl Bass said that she found Banning through other programs at the Capital Area District Library and decided to invite him to teach.
Many of the women noted that the supplies were of a higher quality than the wreaths available in stores. Kiwanis sells only one kind of green, as opposed to the three that were available at the workshop.
“I can’t believe they’re doing this for no fee!” said Teresa VanStratt, one of the participants. “Many wreaths can cost between $20 and $50, depending on the size.”
Like VanStratt, many of the women commented that they found the wreath making to be less technical than they imagined. Others noted that it was perfect timing for the holiday season. By the time they were finished, all of the women seemed to be satisfied with their creations.
“It’s almost hard to make an ugly one!” said VanStratt.