Wreath sales a hit for local historical societies

  • Michael Adams hangs a wreath on the door of the Royalston Historical Society, one of the beneficiaries of his weekend wreath sale. Monies raised will benefit the historical societies in both Royalston and Athol.  PHOTO BY GREG VINE

  •  Michael Adams works on a wreath alongside volunteer Lorraine Casindhino. Local resident Denise Bennett also stopped by. Kristina Schellie (not pictured) also assisted in making the wreaths PHOTO BY GREG VINE

  • These wreaths, on the front lawn of Royalston resident Michael Adams, announced the site of last weekend's wreat sale to benefit the Athol and Royalston historical societies.  PHOTO BY GREG VINE

For the Athol Daily News 
Published: 11/29/2022 2:44:54 PM
Modified: 11/29/2022 2:42:30 PM

ROYALSTON — Three pairs of hands were busy Saturday afternoon constructing festive holiday wreaths in the garage of Royalston resident Michael Adams. He was joined by volunteer wreath-makers Kristina Schellie and Lorraine Casindhino.

The completed wreaths were being sold over the weekend to raise funds for the Athol and Royalston historical societies and, when the Athol Daily News stopped in around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Adams reported that sales up to that point had been brisk.

Asked how many of the decorations had been sold, Adams said, “Over a hundred. It’s unbelievable. We sold 30 yesterday and 100 today. We usually sell around 13 or 14 dozen. We raised eighty-five hundred dollars last year.”

When it comes to deciding how much each historical society gets from the sale, Adams explained, “People can write their check out to whomever they want the money to go to. Then I take the cash and try to even it out. So, that’s why Royalston got $4,500 (last year) and Athol got $4,000.”

Customers, he said, didn’t just come from either of the two towns that benefit, either. 

“There are people who have driven by who just didn’t know this was happening and they were like, ‘Oh, wow. Wreaths.’ And there are also a lot of people who are here because they’re guests of people over Thanksgiving, and those people stop by as well.”

Adams reported Sunday night that more than 12 dozen wreaths were sold over the weekend and that he and his volunteers had orders to fill more than three dozen more. In all, the historical societies of Athol and Royalston stand to split more than $9,000 this year. And it could be well in excess of that amount since, a number of people wrote checks for more than the sale price, according to Adams,

Greg Vine can be reached at gvineadn@gmail.com. 

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