Time Once again to “Deck the Trees”

The Deck the Trees event at the Monte Vista Hotel has become a new tradition in Black Mountain that has helped benefit the Swannanoa Valley for 7 years now.  We have participated in all the previous “Deck the Trees” and this year was to be no exception.  As a group, we had originally planned to create some “easy” pattern like Diane Cademartori’s “ice drop” pattern thinking we could really fill in a six foot tree with something like that.  But this year’s theme turned out to be “There are Angels Among Us” and we knew the direction we should take. 

Angel patterns are relatively easy to find in the tatting world and with pattern greats like Marie Smith, Martha Ess, Sharren Morgan, Renata Niemczyk (remember to hit the translate button in your browser – it’s not written in English!) and Ineke Kubuiperij, patterns range from simple creations to complex designs.  It didn’t hurt any that several of the tatting conferences around the US and Canada had hosted events with Angel themes as well.  So this year the Tatted Tree at the Monte Vista was graced with 20 new angels of various patterns.  That’s quite a feat for a small group.

Shonn & Anne Decking the tree

With a theme like that we weren’t sure how we could compare with the artistic talents of groups like the Girl Scouts, the Black Mountain Fire Department, the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League and Black Mountain Swannanoa Center for the Arts.  But we wanted to find a way.  Through these past few years, there have only been 2 groups who have been present at all the “Deck the Trees” events: Stephanie Wilder’s Chifferobe Store at the corner of Cherry and Sutton in Downtown Black Mountain and us.  So it was fitting to honor all the participants who through the years had helped raise more than $60,000 for The Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries. 

And that’s exactly what we did.  There have been 94 participants and we added the names to our angels and snowflakes and garland for the event.  In the end, the tatted tree was the most fully-decorated we have ever put together.  Every person who has ever participated with us is thanked and appreciated beyond belief!  It’s been quite a road from the humble 2 foot tree of 2012 to the richly decorated 6 foot tree of 2018.  There are truly Angels everywhere!

Oh, and if you noticed a typographical error in the sign to the left of the tree: the word “Angles” – well that was corrected after the photo was taken.  There may be ANGELS Among Us, but not all of them know how to spell!

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