Festival of the Wreaths


The successful Festival of the Wreaths returns to the Arlington Heights Historical Museum for a second event!
We were gratified by the community’s response with their wreath creations and donations,” said Betsy Kmiecik, of Arlington Heights, a former Arlington Heights Historical Society Board president, and chair of the Festival of the Wreaths Steering Committee. “Almost 80 beautiful wreaths were donated with fun themes,” she said. “All of the wreaths were bid on and sold. We raised over $5,000 in wreath sales, and we’re building on that success.” Proceeds from wreath donations are used to fund materials and supplies for Museum collections and exhibits.
Those who wish to create and donate a wreath for the event need to register their wreath by Friday, October 21. Completed wreaths can be delivered to the Museum Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4.
We’d really like to see more wreaths of all kinds, but especially from kids and their families,” said Kmiecik. “We’ve added a category called Calling All Kids and we’re promoting this in various outreach efforts.

2016 Festival of the Wreaths Schedule:

Tuesday, September 13, 6-9pm: Create a unique vintage assemblage wreath at Lucky Junk, 405 S. Arlington Heights Road. All materials drinks and nibbles included for $90. Register or get more information at luckyjunkshop.com or 847-440-6633
Thursday, September 29, 7-9pm: Holly Jolly Holiday Wreath workshop conducted by Cindy Platt of Brackett & Company, Urban Garden held at the Historical Museum. Cost is $25, registration is required at ahpd.org or at any Park District registration office.
Sunday, October 2, 2pm: Family Wreath Workshop at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Register beginning 9/1 at ahml.info
Friday, October 21: Deadline to complete the Wreath Registration form online or print and mail in the Registration form.
  • Use your imagination to create an original wreath 36” in diameter or less. Prizes will be awarded in several categories and age groups.

  • Individuals, families, crafters, artists, businesses, organizations, and youth groups are encouraged to participate.

  • If your wreath represents a business or organization and features a logo, we request that a $25 gift certificate (to any local business or venue) be included with the wreath.

Thursday, November 3, 4-7pm and Friday, November 4, 10am-2pm: Deadline to deliver your finished wreath to the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.
Saturday, November 19: Festival of the Wreaths preview party by invitation only (includes wreath donors).
Tuesday, November 22 through Friday, November 25: Visit the museum to vote for the People’s Choice award.
Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, December 4, 1:30-4:30pm daily: Public viewing and silent auction bidding at the Historical Museum. Winning bids will be announced Sunday afternoon, December 4. All proceeds support the museum’s collections and programs. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

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