2019 Master Gardener Christmas Party

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by Amy Grandpre

We really changed it up for this year’s Christmas Party.

For starters a major location change. Instead of the traditional Moss Mansion affair, which we were outgrowing, the switch was made to host the event at the MetraPark 4-H Building. I’m sure many of us missed the novelty 003of celebrating at the Moss but it was great to have a nice big kitchen work area for Sharon Wetsch and helpers Duane, Tyler and Jessica, to cook the turkey, ham and prime rib. Great to have lots of room for dinner tables, games and left/right gift exchange, and really great for parking.

Then the rest of the meal was put in potluck mode, and I must say, there were many delightful dishes that completely disappeared by the end of the meal. Thanks to all our cooks.

008The tables were beautifully decorated with cheery candy dishes, 004twinkling strings of lights, singing ornaments and a poinsettia for each family. Thank you Brian Godfrey, Tracey King, Cindy Roesler for your lovely work, and Sharon Wetsch for the poinsettias.

There were numerous prize drawings beautifully gift wrapped by Chris Smith. And thanks also to Chris for providing the Christmas tree – it added so much to the festivities.007

We had fun with an extra-long left/ right gift exchange, regarding Santa losing his gift bag.

And the icing on the cake: Roy Wahl brought the Big Sky Chorus 006quartet to serenade the party into the Christmas season.

Also appreciate all the helping hands for cleanup, especially dish scrubber Irene Lemieux – you rock!

Another big blessing was the weather. We’ve had so many Christmas parties with blizzards and ice and this night was just perfect for getting out and safely enjoying the evening.

I’m thinking we will utilize this area again next year.

With that, and since I realize this will be published after the holidays, I hope you all had many special blessings as you celebrated with family and loved ones.

On to 2020!