The members of the Holden Beach Beautification Club and their guests enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings! Members, spouses, children, and guests were briefly joined by Town Manager David Hewett and other staff members. This annual potluck meal is always a favorite with members! Marlene Barz and her committee created beautiful tablescapes which included fresh mountain apples for attendees to take home. If you missed the meeting, the Yearbook was also distributed.
The weather didn’t cooperate with Festival by the Sea this year. Despite a lovely Saturday kick-off, storms rolled through overnight and devastated vendor booths, resulting in the cancellation of Sunday’s festivities. The HBBC booth was not spared, but look to see us in the spring at the Days at the Docks Festival.
Be sure to stop by the Holden Beach Beautification Club’s booth at Festival By the Sea this weekend, October 28-29.
Check out our booth for some wonderful planters and other goodies from the talented HBBC ladies. There will be hyper-tufa planters, decorated pumpkins and a return of the very popular garden Lady Bugs! We also have the garden gloves that everyone raves about in all sizes – perfect for getting your fall garden set for the winter months!
In addition, our famous calendars are in and you can pick one up! Each year Beautification Club members collect their most beautiful photos of the Holden Beach area for the annual calendar. The very best photos are selected for the calendar which is professionally produced in limited quantities each fall. The calendars are collectible and are also popular holiday gifts.
Best of all, all proceeds from our booth go to fund the club and our mission to beautify the public garden areas of Holden Beach.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club participated in Boo at the Beach by hosting a game booth and candy give away. Youngsters enjoyed a pumpkin patch and bean bag toss along with Halloween treats. At the end of the evening, the fall decorations were moved to the multi-purpose court to bring some seasonal decor to that area of the beach. The event was chaired by Pat Schwaiger with help from Carol Keane and other club members.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club welcomed Margaret Shelton from the Shelton Herb Farm to the October meeting. Margaret spoke on “Cool Season Gardening” and brought a variety of cool-season plants for us to purchase, as well as a “salad bowl” arrangement. Many lettuces and herbs thrive in the cooler fall weather. Now is the time to plant cilantro, dill, and parsley as well as the perennial garlic chives! Margaret also brought examples of native ornamental grasses such as muhly grass and edible flowers.
First Vice President Beverly Compton led the business meeting. Yard of the Month selections were discussed and can be viewed on the YOM page. Congratulations to Marlene Barz, Dolly Mitchell and Ron Champion. Beverly welcomed new member Pete Schwaiger. Hostesses for the month were Carol Ann Lohman, Vicki Myers, Pat Schwaiger and Diana Hadesty (chair).
Extension Master Gardeners of Brunswick County are sponsoring a Fall Online Plant Sale. The website will open and orders can be placed and paid for online from Saturday, August 26 through Sunday, September 17. Orders are only available through the website.
Plants will be available for pick-up at the Brunswick County Government Center, behind Building N, Referendum Drive, Bolivia, NC 28422 from Thursday, September 28, through Saturday, September 30.
This year the Extension Master Gardeners are teaming with Gardens Direct to offer a larger variety and a diverse selection of plants including shrubs, grasses, and fall blooming mums.
Information on “How to Order” and plant listings are posted at www.BCMGVA.org.
The Holden Beach Beautification Club wrapped up the year and installed next year’s officers at the May Social at the Lockwood Folly Clubhouse. After a delicious lunch, current Board Members and Committee Chairs were recognized. Each year the President presents the Trowel Award to someone who has been invaluable to the club. This year’s recipient was Plant Sale Chair Pat Schwaiger. The membership also votes on Club Member of the Year. The members overwhelming selected Pat Schwaiger for all her hard work this year.
The new officers for 2017-2018 were installed. Gina Martin will again serve as President, Beverly Compton will serve as 1st Vice President, Diana Hadesty will return as 2nd Vice President, Fran Pompeii will serve as 3rd Vice President, Linda Rast will return as Secretary and Donna Aycock will repeat as Treasurer.
Gina announced her Committee Chairs for the upcoming year. Mel Amos will chair the Art Committee, Carol Keane will chair the Awards Committee, Marlene Barz will handle Devotions and Sunshine, Becky Willis will again chair the Landscaping Committee, Pat Schwaiger will repeat as Plant Sale Chairman, Donna Blume will head up Seasonal Decorations, and Peggy Schiavone will chair the Yard of the Month Committee.
The new Board will meet over the summer to plan the upcoming year. See everyone in September!