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WGC Installs Officers for 2013

The private room at Houlihan’s Restaurant had a festive air on December 20, 2012 as the Westlake Garden Club celebrated the Holidays with a luncheon and installation of officers for 2013.  The new board consists of:  Regina McCarthy, President; Bill Hock, 1st Vice President; Jean Smith, 2nd Vice President; Marie McCarthy, Treasurer; Sally Knurek and Marge Emblom, Recording Secretary; and Claire Evangelista, Corresponding Secretary.  Following the installation of officers and lunch, members and guests were entertained by Cleveland violinist, Mary Beth Ions, performing her solo show, “Violin: Up Close and Personal.”  In addition to being an accomplished musician, she has a wonderful, outgoing personality.  She delighted the club members and guests with holiday music, old standards and some classical pieces.  In between songs, she gave an entertaining monologue about herself, other people, and amusing events.  Some members participated in a white elephant gift exchange following the entertainment.  See photos of the luncheon the the Photo Galleries section of the website.

Dried Flower Arranging at November Meeting


Following the November general meeting, election and lunch, the meeting room was transformed into a florist’s work room.  Vases, baskets, urns and other containers were brought out, as well as scissors, pruners and clippers.  One corner of the room was filled with tubs of dried flowers and plant material, thanks to Bill Hock and Robert Pearl.  Everyone got down to business creating their arrangements, with a little help from Bill.  Everyone took home a lovely arrangement or just some dried flowers to use when they got home.  This was a very informal and enjoyable program, although a bit messy.  Thank you to everyone who helped with the cleanup; disposing of cut stems, wiping tables, and vacuuming the floor.

Christmas Arrives at Westlake Porter Library


The Westlake Garden Club “decked the halls” at Westlake Porter Library on Monday after Thanksgiving.  Garden club members arrived at the library with bags, baskets and boxes of holiday trimmings.  A 7’ tall tree was put into place, lights were meticulously attached to limbs, baby’s breath garlands were draped, and the ornaments were hung.  A nature theme had been selected and the tree decorating committee met several times, including a workshop to craft some of the unique and creative ornaments.  Pine cones were decorated with ribbon, dried cockscomb was fashioned into angels, dried gourds became birds, and twigs became critters.  Snow people with twig arms, hats, scarves and whole clove eyes add a touch of whimsy.  There are owls in abundance, including a large owl gracing the top of the tree.  Dried flowers tucked in here and there add color and continue the nature theme.  The very creative committee consisted of garden club members, Lillian Bialosky, Don Bowman, MaryAnn Brock, Pat Dailey, Michelle Hathway, Judy Hullinger, Regina McCarthy, Gail Morse, Robert Pearl, Alberta Ricciardi, Margaret Schulz and Jean Smith.   Last year the garden club decorated a tree at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, but decided to do something closer to home this year; something to benefit the Westlake community.  Library Director, Andrew Mangels, and his staff expressed their appreciation and thanked the garden club for its creative efforts.   Mr. Mangels stated that he thinks it will become a tradition.  It was a very enjoyable project for the garden club and themes for next year are already being considered.  The Westlake Garden Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013, so look for a “golden” theme.  The tree is located in the lobby near the door to the café.  If you have not yet seen the holiday tree at the Westlake Porter Library, stop by and take a look.  You are in for a real treat. 


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