Strausstown women reminisce

Submitted photo Sandra Behm with her unique jewelry Christmas tree.

The Woman’s Club of Strausstown recently held the first meeting of their club year at the Strausstown Community Center. The program was entitled “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads.”

Members had been asked to bring along a piece of jewelry that held special significance for them, and the ladies responded with a wonderful variety—everything from plastic pop-it beads to glittery rings. The women shared their stories concerning the items and reminisced about some of the jewelry that had been a part of their lives. Many pieces were antiques and a few elicited a tear because they had been handed down from a beloved relative. Particularly unique was a framed Christmas tree owned by program chair Sandra Behm, fashioned by her parents out of jewelry items from her life such as pins for Sunday School attendance, her Girl Scout pin, prom keys, National Honor Society pin, and other pieces contributed by family members. Member Vera Breidigan showcased a shadow box she had made from her mother’s jewelry.

In addition to enjoying the program, the club ladies voted to sponsor four Christmas wreaths through Wreaths across America, an organization that places wreaths on the graves at national cemeteries, including the one at Fort Indiantown Gap. They also discussed the “wish upon a star” ornaments that the group sold at the Strausstown Fall Festival. The hand-decorated wooden stars will help to decorate the Strausstown Community Christmas tree in December.

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Members were reminded that the October meeting of the club will be a “mystery destination” tour and will leave from the community center promptly at 6:30 on Wednesday, Oct. 9.