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Wreaths Bring Joy to Community, Raise Money for Arts Programs

There were six People's Choice winners in this year's 16th Annual Festival of Wreathes at the Carroll Arts Center.

Music and Memories by Grace Lutheran Church (Credit: CCAC)
Music and Memories by Grace Lutheran Church (Credit: CCAC)
The Festival of Wreathes at the Carroll County Arts Council has become a holiday tradition in Carroll County. 

According to the Arts Council, 2,500 people visited the Arts Council to see the 150 festive wreathes. 

The Festival of Wreathes allows members of the community -- individuals, businesses and organizations -- to create fun, quirky, innovative wreathes that are put on display for the community to enjoy. The best part of the event however is the fact that people can bid on the wreathes (many of which also come with gift certificates, event tickets and other goodies) and the proceeds from those sales go to fund arts programs in Carroll County. 

This year the Festival raised $15,700. The following wreathes received recognition: 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (No specific order)

  • Pumped for the Holidays – Tevis Energy
  • Take Wing – Joyce Valentine
  • Music & Memories – Grace Lutheran Church
  • Razzle Dazzle Candy Land – Boys & Girls Club of Westminster
  • Very Vintage – Jeanne Carbaugh
  • Herons & Cattails – Nick Vincent

Other special entries the Arts Center would like to acknowledge include: 

SPIRIT OF GIVING AWARDS

  • Random Acts of Kindness – The McHugh Family
  • Superbowl – Manchester Family Medicine
  • Goodness Gracious – The Gaddis Family 

ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS

  • It’s a Jungle Out There – Melinda Byrd for Byrdcall Studio
  • Baby Needs Shoes for Christmas – CC Bureau of Child Support Enforcement
  • Home is Where the Heart is – Ashley Davis
  • She Sells Sea Shells – Kristen Davis
  • Gorgeous Glass Grapes – Nolly Gelsinger
  • Duct the Walls – Brooke & Kim Meixsell
  • Festive Fibers – Montessori School of Westminster
  • Let There be Pies on Earth – Kim Prati
  • Land that I Love – Lili Reoli
  • Zippidy Doo Dah – Mallory van Fossen
  • Petite Picture – Virginia Beamer
  • Peacock Pizzazz – Sharon Royer

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