Members of the Garden Club of Johnstown, including (from left) Darlene Wissinger, Charlotte Crissey and Maureen Kimlin, assemble a centerpiece for the club’s 29th annual “Welcome the Holidays” fundraiser scheduled for Nov. 16, 2019, at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont. A popular holiday event is set to bloom in Johnstown. The Garden Club of Johnstown will hold its 29th annual “Welcome the Holidays” fundraiser beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 16 at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive, Westmont. This year’s theme is “Winter Gathering,” focusing on birds. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and people look forward to coming,” said Darlene Wissinger, event co-chairwoman. “It’s a nice afternoon to spend with friends, do early Christmas shopping and learn about horticulture and birds.” Monies raised will support civic beautification projects at 19 sites in the Johnstown area; horticultural therapy at local assisted living and nursing homes; Habitat for Humanity; conservation; youth gardeners; a biennial flower show; the Vision 2025 Community Garden Capture Team; Wagner-Ritter 19th Century Garden work; donations to the Cambria County Library, Penny Pines and West End Improvement Group; and scholarships and awards. Following a turkey dinner lunch, Gina Tusing, of Ebensburg, a master gardener and beekeeper, will present a holiday-design program. She will demonstrate how to make edible birdhouses. “She will give us ideas on how to make these decorative feeders for your yard that will attract birds to your home,” said Sheri Lowry, event co-chairwoman. A holiday fashion show will be hosted by Gold Rush Diamonds and Boutique, of Ebensburg. Nine members of the club will serve as models. A raffle will include bird-themed items and money and lottery trees. There will also be a 50/50. “Once again, because of the generous donations from local businesses and club members, three Glamour Galore baskets will […]

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