In tune with the spirit of giving, the Garden Club directs all proceeds to the upkeep of the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum. Local individuals and area businesses help sponsor and donate to the cause every year to help cover costs and keep the Trees of Christmas alive and well.
While a $5 or less door fee and generous community donations help, sometimes it takes more to push an antique house forward through time, which leads this report to the basement floor.
“Downstairs is the Boutique, which used to be the kitchen and food storage area of the house,” said Mook. “There’s a lot to buy down here.”
The Garden Club keeps the spirit of these rooms intact with shelves of spices and baskets of baking products. Anyone looking to get on Santa’s good side can find pre-mixed jars of cookie and cocoa ingredients.
The Boutique’s walls are covered with a bevy of crafts and consignments, mostly local, almost all handmade, ranging from pillows to jewelry to clothing and a variety of items and trinkets in-between.
Needless to say, the Garden Club members are ecstatic about the brand-new ability to take credit card purchases downstairs.
“We try to keep the Trees of Christmas cheap for the community while still raising money for the house,” said Patty Apel, former Trees chairperson.
Also featured in the Boutique is a craft room where children of all ages can create their own ornament in a supervised environment while their parents peruse the wares.
Children can also participate in an ornament hunt involving just about every tree in the house, where they can find themed ornaments hand-picked by the club members which will be sold later at the Boutique.
Whether your tastes are antique like the zippers formed into ornaments on the second floor, or artistic like the pine tree homage to the Nutcracker Suite in the next room, the Garden Club believes there’s something for just about everyone to enjoy and admire in the museum’s positively decked-out halls.
YOU CAN GO
Trees of Christmas opens this weekend at Meadville’s Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum. Entry fee is $5 for adults and $2 for students and children. The show runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Nov. 23 through 25. The museum is located at 638 Terrace St.