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December 09. 2013 10:26PM

Wreaths Around Wadleigh auction raises about $1,000 for library programs


Elaine Pratt drops off a summer-themed wreath made by her grandchildren at the Wadleigh Public Library. (Nancy Bean Foster)




For the third year running, folks have let their imaginations go wild in creating holiday wreaths for the Wreaths Around Wadleigh silent auction to raise money to fund library programs.




Last month, the Friends of the Wadleigh Library put out the call to the creative to make wreaths for the fundraising event. By last Friday, more than 40 wreaths of various colors, shapes and sizes were hanging throughout the library. Throughout the week, people will place bids on their favorite wreaths, and on Sunday, the winners will be chosen, according to Bernie Kallfelz, a member of the Friends of the Wadleigh Library.

"I am so excited about this auction," said Kallfelz. "We have such a good group of workers and relatively no expenses, so all of the money goes to the programs."

Free or reduced-price passes to places like the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science in Boston, along with the Currier Museum of Art and the See Science Center in Manchester, are available to library patrons because of the fundraiser, Kallfelz said.

The Friends of the Wadleigh Library also sponsors live music at the library called Accoustic Café.

Creating wreaths for the silent auction has become a tradition for many businesses, organizations and families.

"There's always new people participating," said Shirley Wilson, a member of the Friends, "and they're so creative."

While Joel Trafford, who is usually maintaining the library buildings and grounds, was hanging wreaths along the stairway and on the ends of bookshelves on Friday, Elaine Pratt stopped in with two very different wreaths. The first was a traditional evergreen decked out in sparkling purple accents. But the second was something completely unique — a ring of flip-flops with flowers in red, white and blue in the center.

"My grandchildren helped make this while we were at the beach this summer," said Pratt.

At the Pasta Loft restaurant on the Milford Oval, the corks from dozens of wine bottles became the focal point of that wreath, and young patrons of the library created a wreath out of puzzle pieces and Star Wars action figures.

Young adult librarian Katie Spofford, whose past wreaths revealed her love of dark poetry and literature, including the works of Edgar Allen Poe, lightened things up this year with a blue and white wreath made of individual flower petals, and Kallfelz took the feathers of a pheasant to create her unique work of art.

"You think you've seen it all, but there's always something new," said librarian Sue Dahlen. "It's amazing."

The bidding for the wreaths started Friday, and Kallfelz said there can be some serious competition on the final day of bidding.

"We've had people standing in front of their favorite wreaths until the auction is over, just in case someone tries to outbid them," she said.

The auction nets more than $1,000 for programs each year, Wilson said.

All of the wreaths can be seen on the Wadleigh Library's Facebook page. For a link to the page, visit www.wadleighlibrary.org.




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