Wreath and greens sales kick of the holiday season

Dec 2, 2023

Some Christmas wreaths sparkle, others have big red bows and some show local pride, and on Saturday, Dec. 2 all kinds of wreaths and greens could be found for sale across the Tri-Town.

The Rochester Women’s Club opened their doors early on Saturday, Dec. 2 for its annual wreath sale which is always a “big hit,” said Rochester Women’s Club President Marsha Hartley.

She explained that this year’s wreaths were made mostly from natural materials gathered by Women’s Club members. Portions of each wreath were donated by Polly and Max Lawrence from Sunnynook Farm.

The proceeds from the wreath sale, explained Hartley, go toward the club’s three annual scholarships. Two $1,000 Raymond Hartley scholarships are awarded to Rochester residents graduating from high school, and the Snooki Scholarship is awarded to a Rochester resident who is graduating from high school and studying any kind of medicine.

She noted that applicants for these three scholarships do not need to go to school in Rochester, they only need to live in town.

Aside from just selling wreaths, the Rochester Women’s Club had trays of fresh and hot cinnamon rolls for shoppers to enjoy.

A short drive away, the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club nearly sold out of wreaths within 30 minutes of opening its sale at 9 a.m., said Mattapoisett Garden Group member Cindy Turse.

“The big sellers are the Mattapoisett looks,” said wreath sale volunteer Sue Mitchell. “All the horseshoe crab wreaths are gone … the shell wreaths [too].”

Most of the materials used on the wreaths are collected locally, she added, with many of the greens being donated by Mattapoisett residents.

In addition to wreaths, the club sold ornaments, swags and centerpiece greens.

The net proceeds from the greens sale directly support the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, programs, and other community charitable organizations. The club awards two scholarships for graduating high school seniors and a continuing education scholarship in the spring each year, explained Turse.