The warm weather we've had leading into November may make it tough to believe - but we are currently heading at full speed ahead directly into the center of the Holiday Season and merry preparations to bring the Greenwich community plenty of yuletide joy are already fully underway!
Case in point: Members of the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) recently gathered (10/13/17) at McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center to attend a wreath making workshop and create a multitude of wreaths destined to be put up for sale at this year’s The Enchanted Forest, to be held at Christ Church Greenwich on Thursday, November 16th through Saturday, November 18th.
The workshop was led by George Von tobel of McArdle’s - a Greenwich resident of 55 years. Mr. Von tobel began the workshop explaining to JLG members the full extent of the major impact the Junior League has had on his life, an impact that began at an early age for him during his time enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten project at Hamilton Avenue School. This Pre-K program is a former Junior League of Greenwich project that ran from 1966-1972 which served four year-olds referred by the Housing Authority, Social Services Department, and other town organizations. It provided the educational and creative stimulation that many of these children lacked at home.
This Pre-K project launched by the Junior League was so successful that The Board of Education took over the program in 1972.
George’s affinity for working with flowers bloomed with his involvement in the Festival of Trees (now The Enchanted Forest) when it was held at St. Catherine of Siena Church. His family donated a tree every year - as did several flower shops he worked with. Mr. Von tobel later decorated the tents for the Cotillion from his store “Flowers by George” for many years. George recalled how exciting it was to see one of his Pre-Kindergarten teachers, Junior League Member Barbara King, at Cotillion!
If you're interested in seeing and purchasing one (or more) of the wreaths made during the workshop at McArdle’s Florist and Garden Center - they will be available for purchase at The Enchanted Forest from Thursday, November 16th to Saturday, November 18th at Christ Church Greenwich. The event is moving “Home for the Holidays” across from JLG Headquarters, and all of the traditional activities the town has come to cherish including gingerbread workshops, photos with Santa, Santa’s breakfast, a Polar Express-themed lunch, and more children’s entertainment are moving as well.
The Enchanted Forest draws thousands of visitors each year from Greenwich and the surrounding communities. A variety of festive events are scheduled to take place during the three-day celebration. Other features and highlights occurring throughout the weekend include The Children’s Giving Shop, music performances, food trucks, and much more!
Funds raised from The Enchanted Forest go directly toward supporting impactful community projects identified, designed, and implemented by the Junior League of Greenwich.
General admission tickets to The Enchanted Forest on Friday and Saturday start at $10 per person. “Thursday Night Sneak Peek” tickets are $30. Prices vary for other activities.
To plan your visit and to purchase tickets, visit The Enchanted Forest website: 501auctions.com/jlg.
RELATED CONTENT: Click Here For Images From Last Year's Enchant Forest!
About the Junior League of Greenwich
The Junior League of Greenwich has been bettering the community for nearly 60 years. It is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained individuals. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLG is committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals and reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. For more information, visit their website at: jlgreenwich.org.