The project sounds like a wonderful way to join in the celebration of our county's history along with other organizations. In addition, projects like these are also a great way to get to know other members of our club!
Who wants to be involved? What themes could we use? Mary Beth suggested perhaps a quilting theme or something equestrian related as the property adjoins a horseback riding park. So many possibilities!!
Below are the emails I received from George Gazarek, President of the Hughesville club:
From George Gazarek: I am writing to you to offer your Garden Club and the Master Gardeners the opportunity to decorate a room at the historic Maxwell Hall in Hughesville, MD for the Maxwell Hall 250th Anniversary Celebration on October 13, 2018.
The Hughesville Garden Club has been decorating Maxwell Hall for various historic events and the Holiday Trail each year since 2012. For this historic event, we thought we'd share the fun with the other garden groups in the tri-county area. There are seven rooms in the house to decorate and I've invited the six garden clubs and the Charles County Master Gardeners.
You may do an interpretation of a piece of art in the room or just a colonial period decoration. The Decorations would be installed anytime the week before and removed the following Sunday or Monday.
The actual event will be a Colonial Days Fair from 10 to 3 and a ticketed Colonial Tavern Night from 5 to 8. We are expecting close to 1,000 attendees for the daytime event so this is a good chance to showcase your organization.
Please feel free to contact me with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at 585-455-8649.
The room decorations are primarily floral. Over the years the decorations have been as varied as the personalities doing the decorations. Some have had a single bouquet that captures the focus. Others have been very elaborate with floral wall hangings, door coverings and bed arrangements. There is no minimum or maximum as long as it's tasteful. The front parlor and the living room are usually more involved than the dining room or four bedrooms, but not necessarily so. While we do have guests vote for their favorite room, it's more for your enjoyment than for competition.
I can arrange tours of the house if you'd like to see the property. So far, the Charles County Garden Club has accepted the invitation and they have chosen the dining room. Six rooms left.
Please get back to either Dianne or Mary with your thoughts and ideas.