Meet the members of the Montgomery Woman’s Club (MWC) during downtown decorating on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the City Annex Building, and on Monday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Universalist Church. This annual project was started by the Montgomery Woman’s Club as a service project for the community.
Then, join the Montgomery Woman’s Club for their General Meeting with Chef Debbie Spangler on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Terwilliger’s Lodge in Dulle Park.
Follow the Montgomery Woman’s Club on Facebook or at www.montgomerywomansclub.org. We are a community service organization and open to all women in the Greater Cincinnati area.
About the Downtown Decorating Project
In 1982, at the request of Montgomery City Council, Montgomery Woman’s Club (MWC) took on the task of decorating downtown. The first year was treated as an experimental pilot project because there was not enough time to purchase permanent decorations, fresh greenery, bows and lights were used.
During the spring of 1983, a master plan for holiday and seasonal decorations was drawn under the direction of the MWC Public Affairs Committee. Carol Wooledge, MWC, was involved with the design which was modeled on Williamsburg, VA. MWC could not use fresh greens and fruit because they would have to be continually replaced as the items turn brown and a lack of funds for such a high end project.
In 1997, MWC took over the entire project of downtown decorating and direction of the volunteers. Funds were made available from the MWC Financial Advisory. MWC member Nancy Cleary served on the city committee involved in beautification and, with Ann Sexton (president in 1996), the MWC agreed to take on the whole project of Downtown Decorating for the City of Montgomery. Nancy & Arlene Wojcieszak organized the effort with the support of the City of Montgomery.
MWC, the Beautification and Tree Commission, the City of Montgomery and community volunteers work tirelessly to fluff, hang, clean and store the bows and greenery.