TBY JENNIFER AMY MYERS, Valley Dispatch Staff
PELHAM — They’ve done it again. The Town Common has once again been transformed into a winter wonderland of snowmen, carolers, skaters, wreaths, gifts and even a sleigh, all courtesy of the festive folks of the Pelham Gardeners Group.
The gardeners first came together 10 years ago, started by a group of residents with an interest in gardening and a mission — to improve the appearance of the lawn in front of the library on Main Street, now home to the Pelham Historical Society. Soon shrubs and flowers of all kinds sprung up in front of the old brick building.
With that mission accomplished, the group turned its sights to bringing Yuletide joy to their fellow Pelhamites, something to get people in the holiday spirit as they drove through the center of town.
“There was a feeling among the club’s members that we needed to do something in town. There were no decorations at all,” President Bill McDevitt said.
This year they are not stopping at just the Town Common. The group is determined to dress up another highly visible town landmark, the Pelham Memorial Library.
“We’ve put in an informal request to the selectmen to let us hang wreaths on the library,” McDevitt said. “We have two big and two medium-sized wreaths with red bows and are just waiting for approval, which I am sure won’t be a problem.”
The decorations are funded through a combination of club dues and proceeds from the group’s annual spring plant sale. The only cost to the town is electricity, which McDevitt said is minimal.
This year, about 18 of the club’s 50 official members came out to set up the decorations on The Common, the week before Thanksgiving, McDevitt said. Planning began in the summer.
“This year we had to make a new kissing ball because somebody stole one last year,” McDevitt said. “We hope to have this all cleaned up the week after New Year’s, but that is dependent on weather.”
Some years, he admitted, the large snowman has become a bit of a fixture on The Common, frozen solid to the ground.
McDevitt revealed that Frosty spends his summers stored in a back hall of the municipal building, looking “lonely, but hopeful.”
For more information about the Pelham Gardeners Club, visit www.pelhamweb.org/gardengroup.
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