LACONIA — The Belknap Mill, designated New Hampshire's Meetinghouse, dressed in fresh greens and candlelight is the perfect venue for Opechee Garden Club's Greens & Gifts Boutique, Bake Shoppe and Raffle to be held Friday, December 6, from 1 p.m. -7 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Boutique will feature a variety of imaginative décor created with fresh greens and natural materials as well as handcrafted items appealing to shoppers of all tastes whether traditional, contemporary, Adirondack or a little bit country.
Balsam and cedar fragrances will welcome guests to assorted indoor/outdoor swags, creative elegant or whimsical centerpieces, glittering pine cones, candlesticks embellished with greens, boxwood trees, patio pots, shiny skates, hanging pots and garland along with quality decorated and undecorated wreaths. Sandy Gove, Greens Chairperson, comments, "The club is delighted to once again feature its quality traditional holiday greens, along with updated, new and unique pieces—some with a little bling." Fresh-to-dry Magnolia wreaths, new this year, will be available while supplies last. Shoppers might also consider potted easy-care succulents, colorful cyclamen or bulbs for winter flowering--for the home or that perfect gift.
Craft Chairperson, Barb Sargent, adds, "The OGC 'elves' have been busy sewing, knitting, painting, woodworking and quilting a variety of holiday items for your shopping delight." Original and creative handcrafted gifts and accessories such as snowmen of burlap or perhaps one of wood, biscuit baskets, hand painted and decorated lights, fun ornaments, along with returning favorites such as handcrafted birch candles, ribbon garland, and much more.
The Raffle offers an array of items perfect for holiday getting or giving from gift certificates to area jewelers, florists and restaurants, to in-vogue 'square' white dinner service for six, a Vera Wang vase, and Noah's Ark tree, among others.
Shoppers are invited to enjoy complimentary mulled cider and a cookie in the Holiday Bake Shoppe. This year, due to popular request, a variety of member-baked goodies from cookies and breads to fudge and pecan pie, will be available for purchase.
Doreen Worthley, Boutique Chairman, encourages visitors "to take a moment after shopping to visit the Mill's new Fine Arts Gallery featuring work of area artists and the 'Trees for the Holidays' exhibit to view the garden club's and other tree entries to round out your visit. " Judy Robertson, Co-President, reminds visitors too "The event is worth a trip from anywhere, and proceeds support the club's scholarships, grants and greater community projects."