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Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Holidays

The Flower Posse has been hard at work making holiday decoration for town.  The two main features are snowmen and Christmas trees.  

The farm wagon in front of the Police Station has a 'crowd' of snowmen made out of tires and cutout wooden patterns.  The Christmas Trees were made out of garland and tomato rings.

Members donated other items and came up with some really creative ideas.  

The Flower pots in front of  the City  Office and Library got a touch of 'Holiday Spirit'.  

The park benches even got a little holiday cheer. 

This fall the Flower Posse created a Sass Memorial Iris Garden made up of nearly 75 varieties of award winning Sass Irises.   Its located in front of the Police Station.  Part of the garden includes 30 some individual stepping stones.  Members got together for a "concrete pouring party".   Members acquired a concrete mixer, 10 sacks of 'ready mix', and the Zaruba's back yard.  We used the 'bucket rings' that we used for the iris propagation beds for forms. The ladies came prepared with all sorts of ideas and materials to decorate them.  Many of us came away with 'dirty hands'.  

So,  next year when these irises start to bloom, come visit the new garden and use these stepping stones to get really close to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of these beautiful flowers.  Remember, they are the official flowers of Bennington.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Spears and Fire

The Bennington Historical Society convened their November meeting by marching over to a member's home and starting a fire in their yard.  What followed was a ceremonial fire ritual.  Marshmallows were subjected to the fire until they burst into flames which were quickly smothered between graham crackers and sheets of chocolate.   Some folks call this making s'mores; however, it is much more.

Bennington Historical Society S'more Party

Making s'mores is a very personal thing.  There are those who only want a 'light toasted' marshmallow while others want a blazing infurnal until only a black charred skeleton remains.  This process undergoes a critical eye, from the creator rather than from others.  Not one criticism or self righteous remark was uttered which is remarkable from what we witness on TV now adays.  Friendship and tranquility reigned supreme as the hot chocolate and schnapps was passed around.  All was good with the world. 

Society's Vice President hard at work

There is something special about sitting around a fire on a cool night with friends.  A fire is hypnotic, it relaxing and somehow reassures us that everything is OK.  In survival classes, its taught one of the first things you need is fire; it's a necessary psychological "friend".  Possibly we need more fires today?
Sometimes it's easy to forget our Country is full of wonderful people and we are so blessed.  
Serious relaxing and bonding going on.  

The night was a success.  No serious burns were reported and it appeared everyone left a little more relaxed and happy.