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Friends of Library tree edges out competitors

Friends of Library tree edges out competitors Friends of Library tree edges out competitors


The Recreation Department selected five LW groups— The Quilting Bees, the LW Garden Club, the Friends of the Library, the Art League and the Korean Christian Reformed Church—to decorate trees in the clubhouses for the annual GRF tree decorating contest.

This year’s theme was “LWSB’s Got Talent.” Clubs were instructed to deck out their trees to reflect what sets them apart.

This year’s judges—GRF past presidents and current directors Carole Damoci and Susan Hopewell, and GRF Director Susan Jacquelin—had an exceptionally difficult time choosing only two winners of the five beautifully decorated trees in the contest. After serious debate, the Friends of the Library tree in Clubhouse 3 took first place.

Jacquelin called the tree “amazing” and noted that it was decorated with little handmade books with sayings such as “A book is a gift you can open again and again,” and, “We appreciate Taylor Greene.” (Greene is the library manager.)Photos of volunteers were pasted onto old-fashioned library cards adorning the tree, and the tree was strung with chains made from printed pages. Jacquelin described the tree as “truly a team effort that reflects the activities of one of the many very special groups in the LW community.” The club took home a $100 gift card.

Second place went to the Leisure World Garden Club in Clubhouse 2. “This outstanding tree also shows the spirit of the club in creative, and humorous, ways,” Jacquelin noted. Ornaments include red and white poinsettias and lovely little seed packet reproductions, with a bright red cardinal and gold floral sprigs as a topper. To finish the theme, the club added a tree skirt made of a coiled green garden hose, which judges called “ingenious.” The club was awarded a $50 gift card. The remaining three trees won honorable mentions from the judges, who called them “remarkable.” The Korean Christian Reformed Church tree in Clubhouse 6 delights with its glittering white, gold and silver decorations.

The Friends of the Library decorated the winning tree.Emma DiMaggio, photos

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