by June Portnoy
It might still be summer, but Four Lanes End Garden Club (FLEGC) members are already busy preparing for its many upcoming events. Club members will be adopting a new format this year for its cherished 54th Holiday House Tour and Tea, traditionally held the Thursday before Thanksgiving.
“We have decided to return to hosting our own Country Store,” says FLEGC Ways & Means Chairperson, Kathy Sheehan. “Club members have been holding workshops for several months to assemble and create items for this venue. Talent is abundant among our members, and we wish to showcase their creativity.”
Some of the items that will be available at the Country Store will include pinecone wreaths, hand-painted wine glasses, fairy houses, aprons, angels and much more!
“It is our hope that guests on our tour will stop by our Country Store to do some holiday shopping,” adds Kathy.
The Country Store will be set up at the Richardson House, located at the corner of Maple Street and Bellevue Avenue, where tickets for the tour may also be purchased.
A highlight of the tour every year is a lovely formal tea held at the Middletown Country Club, 420 N. Bellevue Avenue. Garden Club members will help commemorate the Country Club’s 100th anniversary by adorning it with festive decorations.
This year, the Country Club will offer additional seating for guests, where they can relax and enjoy the delicious cookies generously made by FLEGC members.
In addition to planning its upcoming Holiday House Tour and Tea this summer, FLECG members enjoyed their annual Garden Chatter in July.
“Club members always look forward to this summer event,” says Kathy.
Garden Chatter is held at a member’s home where a luncheon is served, giving members a chance to socialize.
This year’s gracious hostess was Melanie Goldstein.
Says Nan Mauro, FLEGC president, “A major benefit of our Garden Chatter is the opportunity it gives us to view how members use their talent and apply what they’ve learned from club workshops and guest speakers to their own gardens and landscape.
“Melanie used a creative and eclectic interpretation at her home, resulting in a very interesting and attractive piece of property. She demonstrated how one can have a beautiful garden using flowers and plants that adapt well to a shaded, wooded area and sloping terrain.”
FLEGC members are currently preparing for its first fall event, Paddle Mania, a basket auction, taking place Friday, October 4th. According to Kathy, last year’s Paddle Mania at the Richardson House was so well attended at that it was filled to capacity.
In order to accommodate even more people this year, FLEGC has changed their venue to the Langhorne United Methodist Church, located at 301 E. Maple Avenue. The event will begin at 6:00pm, and admission is just $5 at the door. This entrance fee will buy a paddle with a number on it. When you see an item on which you want to bid, you’ll hold up your paddle and place a quarter or two in a basket on your table.
“A large diversity of about 30 different items on which to bid, plus eight premium baskets will be offered” says Kathy.
Proceeds from this event will be used to care for the grounds at the Richardson House.
Says Kathy, “Last year we raised about $1,200, and we’re hoping to raise even more this year.”
Kathy invites everyone to stop by FLEGC’s table during Langhorne’s Harvest Day on Saturday, October 5th. Members will be manning the table, donating baked goods and selling reasonably priced flower arrangements. They will also be selling tickets to their Holiday House and Tea Tour, taking place Thursday, November 21st.
“Our goal for spring is to have a Flower Show open to the public,” says Nan. “This will involve considerable planning in order to adhere to stringent rules implemented by the Garden Club Federation of PA.”
“All praise and credit for our successful garden club is due to our members,” says Kathy. “It is a pleasure to be involved with such a great group of women.”
For more information about FLEGC, visit www.flegc.bux.com. If you’re interested in becoming a member, call Nan at 215-357-5103.
PHOTO CAP: FLEGC member Melanie Goldstein in the front yard of her Bensalem home.