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‘Irish Wedding’ shared with Emma Scott Garden Club

Submitted photos Summer Kirk, Cameron Kirk and daughter Ezran Swanson presented a beautiful display and slideshow based on Summer and Cameron’s September wedding.

ELKINS — At its October meeting, Emma Scott Garden Club member Summer Kirk presented a colorful and creative review of her recent wedding, featuring many handmade items she used to create an outdoor Irish Renaissance setting.

Her husband Cameron, daughter Ezran and close friend Sasha helped with the program, detailing their roles in preparing for the event.

Summer’s unique gown was on display, featuring a multi-layered skirt and laced bodice with flowing sleeves, made from various forest-inspired colors of gossamer fabric, made by an artisan seamstress from France. The bride created most of the accessories and decorations herself, using natural and local materials.

Decorations and guest favors included a guest book with wooden heart messages, a braided rope used to symbolize “tying the knot,” homemade soaps and beeswax candles, small bottles of wildflower seeds, jars of honey and plates made of palm leaves. Table runners and picture frames made with living moss highlighted the setting. Sasha Barroso, friend of the couple, helped provide food for the elegant woodland buffet.

Following the slideshow and presentation, Summer instructed club members in constructing picture frames with fresh moss. Each member had a frame to take home.

Moss and other natural materials were used as decor for Summer and Cameron Kirk’s outdoor Irish wedding.

After the program, fall-themed refreshments were provided by Katy McClane, Virginia and Julia Cassels and Margaret McFarlane.

The business meeting was lead by club president Linda Shomo. Recent and upcoming projects were discussed, including the Midland Elementary Native Wetfoot Waystation Butterfly Garden project which was fully planted on Sept. 18.

ESGC members Maya Hoffman, Linda Shomo, Charles Shomo, Judy Guye Swanson, Mary Higgins, Sara Phares, Abby Hohn, Jason Thomas, Paula Heinke, Bobbi Trimboli and Katie McClane assisted fourth grade teacher Sarah Wamsley in this final phase of planting.

Maya Hoffmann is the head of this project for the ESGC and will continue working with Midland Elementary school to ensure this native Wetfoot Waystation garden is listed on the National Monarch registry by 2023. The project was spearheaded by teacher Sarah Wamsley to teach her students the importance of bees as pollinators for not only flowers but also vegetable crops, orchards and more.

Vice President Judy Guye reported that club members are needed to decorate and to provide information to visitors at the Kump House Christmas open house event on Dec. 17-19. Decorating will be completed on Dec. 11-12.

The theme includes displays of creches from around the world; members were urged to offer unusual creches for display. Club members who are interested in helping to decorate inside and outside the Kump House should let Linda Shomo know ASAP.

Abby Hohn briefly reported on her efforts to start a TNR (trap/neuter/release) program in southern Randolph County to help control the feral cat population. More details will be discussed at the November meeting.

A German advent wreathmaking workshop will be held on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church for club members. Those who plan to attend should bring wreath forms, greenery and decorations for their wreaths. The class will be conducted by member Debbie Shahan. Wiring, pipe cleaners, glue and some ribbon will be provided.

Katy McClane reminded the club that volunteers are needed on Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. for a tree planting and fencing event at the Kump Education House. This community event is sponsored by the Elkins Friends of Trees, with the goal of establishing and protecting young trees on the property.

Melodee Price suggested a project for providing gardening books to young children. Club members discussed how the books might be distributed. Price will head this project and had several members interested in working with her; more plans to follow. Also, Price suggested that the club plant a pollinator garden in an area to provide a source of enjoyment for elderly or disabled citizens. This project, also, received a positive response from the group. It was suggested we look at this project again in the spring and form a group to make it a reality.

New club members Catherine Ritchie and Renee Benz were welcomed. Membership chairman B.J. McKenzie reported that membership has reached 79 members and a list would be submitted to the state organization this week.

The next meeting is on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. The program topic is “Edible Plants and Trees,” presented by Mark Chapin.

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