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....All is Bright

There is a golden glow in the lobby of the Westlake Porter Library. Members of the Westlake Garden Club met at the library on Monday after Thanksgiving to decorate the Holiday tree. The garden club is winding down a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary, its Golden Anniversary. With that in mind, the club chose a "Gold" theme. The tree is covered in white lights, gold bows, gold balls, and gold ornaments with a nature look; apples, pears, pine cones, swans, leaves, and white flowers. This is the second year that the club has decorated a tree at the library and it is to be an annual project. Library Director, Andrew Mangels, stopped by during the decorating the thank the club for their creative efforts. Thisi s a fun project and we love hearing comments from people visiting the library. See Photo Gallery, "Holiday Tree 2013" for more photos.

Silk Flower Arranging at November Meeting

Member, Robert Pearl, brought silk flower arrangements he had previously made, a variety of containers, silk flowers and leaves, and his many years of creative experience to the November meeting.  After explaining the construction of each of the previously made arrangements, Robert created a fall arrangement showing how to get started, types of containers to use, and design elements.  He distributed a hand-out with a lot of useful information including where to purchase materials and supplies.  Everyone came away with a better understanding of how to create an arrangement for their own home.

Congratulations! Westlake Garden Club Turns 50, and is Still Blooming

With 171 in attendance, the Westlake Garden Club celebrated 50 years in style at the Westwood Country Club on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Tables were adorned with one large, white Hydrangea in a square vase, sitting on a gold charger, and the room glowed with other gold accents. Guests enjoyed a palate pleasing lunch consisting of tomato bisque, a salad of grilled vegetables and rotisserie chicken, rolls, and the anniversary cake for dessert. While the soup was being served, past presidents were honored and each was presented with a rose in a vase. Four members who have been with the club for over 40 years were introduced, and the only charter member, Lillian Bialosky, who joined in 1963, talked about the beginning of the club. Jackie Crosier, who joined in 1967, also gave some insight to the club's history. Regina McCarthy, club President, introduced Westlake Councilman, Ken Brady, who presented the club with a proclamation signed by the Mayor designating September 18, 2013 as Westlake Garden Club Day. The keynote speaker was Julie E. Washington, Home Editor of the Plain Dealer. Julie talked about recent changes at the Plain Dealer, then talked informally about her childhood and her mother, whose love of gardening has influenced her in adulthood. Julie is very warm and personable and everyone seemed to enjoy meeting and getting to know her. There were many beautiful raffle baskets and door prizes, and even a bake shoppe where guests could purchase home-baked goods to take home. A lovely setting, a delicious lunch, and great fun and camaraderie - what a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion like a 50th Anniversary. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make our celebraton special.  We look forward to our next 50 years!  Here is link to all photos of the luncheon.



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