It’s That Time of Year. . .

As a group, we have been involved in 2 projects over the past several months. I’m only going to address one of them at this time because it’s time for the Monte Vista Hotel’s benefit to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries known as “Deck the Trees.”

The Thread Bears have been a part of this event for all of the now 9 years that the Hotel has been home for this fund-raiser. Our tree has grown from 2 feet to now fully 6 1/2 feet! In 2018, in spite of how we tried to be present at a time that would allow us to have a tree strategically placed to be noticed our tree was so far away from the traffic that visitors to the Monte Vista actually had to ask where our tree was. Not so in 2019! We were present for the opening “ceremony” held by Libba Fairleigh. The tree we chose is directly beside the front desk, a perfect location for us!

Our angel sits atop the tree again and the tatted garlands help accentuate the depth of the tree. Newcomer Sharon contributed enough glass balls covered with tatting that we were able to “retire” certain non-tatted items that had been accents to the tree in years past.

And the ice drops were quite an accent, although they do not show up in photographs as well as I’d like when on the tree. Many thanks to all the dedicated tatters who created the 19 Ice Drops for the tree this year, who tied ribbons onto the French Horns that helped us meet this year’s theme of “Go Tell It On The Mountain!” as well as the hearty souls who braved the snow flurries to get there in time – or just after time to decorate! Just being able to participate all these years is a testament to our dedication to the event and to what it stands for in the community. Indeed, we are “Knotting Together the Threads that Create Community” through our participation in this event.

Future posts will include the amount raised for the Christian Ministries food bank and fuel assistance program. If anyone is in the Black Mountain area, please visit the Monte Vista Hotel to see the trees, vote for a favorite, or maybe several of them (especially the Tatted Tree) and perhaps have a glass of wine, cup of coffee or evening meal there. If you are too far away, please consider sending a donation to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries with “Deck the Trees” in the memo line!

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