We’ve Got Mail!

Photo by Rosemary B. Intingaro

Meals on Wheels programs are often recipients of Power of Flowers signature bouquets. Minuteman Senior Services is the agency responsible for this important nutrition program in several local communities. A MSS volunteer driver, Patty D., wrote us this lovely note after witnessing a Power of Flowers delivery to the Meals on Wheel program in Bedford:

 

I volunteer with Bedford Meals-on-Wheels and serving lunch in the Senior Center. This week Bedford was blessed to receive your glorious bouquets. I witnessed and want share with all of you the transformative power of your flowers. Everyone that walked in, stopped. Smiled at the beauty, the kindness, the care. Marveled at how unique each was, and the scent. Like fresh life itself. Thank you. I’m a gardener, but honestly, I’ve never seen flowers change everyone in the room before.

Thank you, Patty D,

What a joy to open the door to a hot meal and an artful bouquet.

Thank you, Patty. We love hearing how our work affects people… it’s why we do what we do.

It means so much to us to hear first-hand stories of the impact POF has in the community.

We love getting mail!

Giving Thanks

Freedom from Want from the Four Freedoms Series by Norman Rockwell, 1943

We at Power of Flowers want to wish you and your friends and family a very happy Thanksgiving.

Among the many things that we are thankful for are all the folks who have been so supportive of our organization over the years.

    • all our wonderful Volunteers, most of whom go over and above the call of duty
    • the wise and knowledgeable Members of the Board who have guided POF so successfully
    • our many Sponsors who have been so very supportive in our endeavors
    • the Community, which has embraced our mission and has repeatedly shown us kindness and consideration
    • and YOU. You who have generously donated time, money, goods, and flowers to the organization.

We are so very grateful and couldn’t do what we do without ALL of you.

Just a reminder about #GivingTuesday, November 28. We hope you can participate in some way to support your favorite charity, by donating time, money, or goods. There are many ways to give on #GivingTuesday. Please remember that any donations POF Volunteers make to the Power of Flowers Project before the end of the year will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $1,500.

Volunteers Urgently Needed…

Photo by John Morgan from Walnut Creek, CA, USA (Ornament) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons… to have a ball at the annual Volunteer Holiday Party to be held on Thursday, December 14, at the Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, from 6 PM to 8 PM.

As in the past, it will be pot-luck. So bring something scrumptious from your holiday repertoire of goodies… appetizers, main dishes, desserts, beverages (wine, soda, water) … whatever you’d like to bring. There’s a sign up sheet in the Workshop to indicate that you’re coming and what you’re bringing. If you want to join in the festivities, but won’t be in the Workshop until after the party, please email Jane Rizzo at janerizzo125@ Comcast.net.

By David Whelan [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

In addition to great food and stunning decorations (provided by Jane R. and her decoration elves), there will be a Saran Wrap Ball Game. If you’ve never had the pleasure, a Saran Wrap Ball is a large, ball made out of many layers of (yup) Saran Wrap. The lucky contestants, unwrap as quickly as possible to reveal wonderful prizes hidden in the layers. After the allotted time (determined by dice), the ball moves to the next person, and so on. FUN!

There will be other surprises galore, including the awarding of the 4th Pink Apron Award. Ballots will be emailed to all volunteers in the days to come and the person most deserving of the coveted award will be announced at the Party.

The Holiday Party is a great way for POF to thank all volunteers for the great work they do throughout the year. And it’s a great chance for volunteers to socialize, catch up with other volunteers, and seriously get into the Christmas Holiday spirit.

By Steve Karg [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
As we did at the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch in June, we are also planning to collect useful items for the “safe house” shelter for battered women and their children. A letter with information about the items needed will be coming out soon. Here’s a link to Amazon, to give you some ideas for children’s toys. (Remember: when you make your purchases on Amazon Smile, a portion of the purchase price goes to the Power of Flowers Project, too.)

 

So, circle your calendars, get out your festive finery, and come one, come all to celebrate that we each have this wonderful group of volunteers in our lives.

By Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s Time to Deck the Halls … with Boxwood Trees and Kissing Balls

Won’t you join us for either or both of these two fun evening workshops hosted by the Power of Flowers Project and make your own decorations for the holidays.
Boxwood Tree

The Boxwood Tree Workshop is Tuesday, December 5 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Power of Flower Workshop, 365 East Street, Tewksbury, MA

Create your own boxwood tree with fresh boxwood, twinkling LED lights, shiny baubles, scented cinnamon sticks, pine cones, colorful ribbons, and more. The cost of $60 per person includes all the things you’ll need to create a Boxwood Tree similar to that in the picture. POF Volunteers will be on hand to help you to create a tree that’s uniquely your own.

Boxwood trees make wonderful centerpieces for a holiday table or a delightful gift for someone whose space is limited or who can’t put up his or her own tree. It brings a little bit of sparkle and light and holiday cheer. They’re a perfect size for an office or desk, too.

Click here to register for the Boxwood Tree Workshop

The Kissing Ball Workshop is Friday, December 8 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Weston Nurseries Garden Center, 160 Pine Hill Road, Chelmsford, MA

Create your own outdoor holiday hanging Kissing Ball with fragrant fresh greenery, ribbon, pine cones and colorful metallic ornaments. The Workshop fee of $45 includes everything you need to create a Kissing Ball similar to that pictured here.

Want to add more dazzle to your creation? No problem. Weston Nurseries will be open for your holiday shopping pleasure, and they have a huge variety of decorations and festive adornments.

Kissing Balls make a charming way to welcome guests to your door or they’re wonderful gifts for your hostess, friends, coworkers…. just about anyone who has an outside door

Click here to register for the Kissing Ball Workshop.

Light refreshments, also included in the Workshop fee, will be served at both Workshops.


If last year was any indication, a fun, festive time will be had by all!

We all had a blast last year and we look forward to seeing you this year!

#GivingTuesday is November 28, 2017

Still Life with Turkey Pie, Pieter Claesz 1627

 

Halloween 2017 is history. (Wait a minute. Wasn’t it just Labor Day?)

The next thing you know it will be Thanksgiving. Then there’s Black Friday, when people slough off their tryptophan lethargies and descend en mass to the stores to score huge savings on holiday gifts. Then, there’s Cyber Monday, when people go online to discover the holiday sales there.

For the past 6 years the next milestone in the forward march to the holidays has been #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday, however, is an about face from the post-Thanksgiving shopping sprees.

Giving Tuesday Logo

Instead of focusing on consumerism, #GivingTuesday’s emphasis is on helping others through the gifts of time, donations, goods, and skills. It is a global day of giving back.

Mainly fueled by social media, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is the day when charities, companies, institutions, and individuals will come together to encourage people to “commit an act of giving.” Whether that means participating in a food drive, making a special donation, or volunteering your time, #GivingTuesday is a day to celebrate our country’s great tradition of giving and to support the cause that matters most to you.

Fall FlowersWhen Henry Timms started Giving Tuesday in 2012, he hoped it would “make a difference and change the world.” As Executive Director of 92nd Street Y in New York, he said “The secret sauce of Giving Tuesday has been community.

For more information on the history of #GivingTuesday, see https://www.givingtuesday.org/

 

In the interest of “thinking globally and acting locally,” there’s no better way to observe #Giving Tuesday than to start right here in your own community.

This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28, 2017. We sincerely hope that you will participate in #GivingTuesday as a way to kick start your holiday and year end giving. It is something you can do as a family… a wonderful way to teach children that giving to others is often as rewarding as receiving. What a perfect lesson for the upcoming holiday season.

Please consider making the Power of Flowers Project part of your Giving Tuesday. Help us help others in the community, one flower at a time. Please go to our website to see the many ways you can help

From all of us here at the Power of Flowers, we wish you and your family a peaceful, happy Thanksgiving, a successful Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and a joy-filled #Giving Tuesday.Fall Arrangement

The 3rd Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon A Rousing Success!

Tewksbury Country Club Main Entrance

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, dawned bright and beautiful as only a fall day in New England can. The Tewksbury Country Club, decked out in fall finery, sparkled.

Power of Flower Volunteers and staff were there very early putting finishing touches on all the details that make for a memorable event.

POF Garden Cart with 300 bouquets

Shortly before 11 AM Luncheon attendees began arriving. As they entered the lobby, they were greeted by an awesome sight… The lovely POF Garden Cart filled with over 300 colorful signature bouquets.

Soon the Andrea Room, site of the Silent Auction, was buzzing with bidders checking out all the available items. The tables were resplendent with auction items, balloons, colorful wrappings. It was a perfect day to catch up with friends, renew acquaintances, and get a jump on holiday shopping.

 

Across the lobby in the Grand Sequoia Ballroom people were OOHing and AHHing over the beautiful table settings, buying tickets, and “shopping” the raffle items around the perimeter of the room.

 

The Wine Pull

The wine pull in front of the magnificent fieldstone fireplace garnered a great deal of attention and in fact sold out very early.

 

 

 

 

Scattered throughout the venue were large photos depicting the reason for the gala event… smiling people receiving POF bouquets… a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do

Janet D. and Barb M.

Master of Ceremonies, Janet D. aided by Barb M. gave attendees a chance to voice what POF meant to them: as a volunteer, a recipient, a sponsor.

 

 

 

 

Michelle S. and Joyce B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As luncheon was being served, Joyce B., POF Founder, thanked all who worked so hard putting the luncheon together, all the sponsors, and all the attendees for coming. She then presented a brief history of POF and what she saw as the organization’s future.

Next, Michelle Silveira, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, the Presenting Sponsor, spoke briefly. She said how proud JDCU was to be the presenting sponsor for the event and to support again POF’s major impact on the community.

After a delicious meal, Leslie K., the POF Executive Director, said a few words. She described her first six months at the organization’s helm and proudly announced that POF has passed the 70,000 bouquet milestone… 70,000 bouquets had been delivered since its inception bringing joy to as many recipients.

Sadly, all good things must end. Raffle winners were announced and stepped forward to receive their prizes. Successful silent auction bidders queued up to pick up their winnings. As each person left, he or she was handed one of the beautiful bouquets from the Garden Cart.

People spilled out into the bright sunshine many holding their winnings… everyone left with something, even if it was just a signature bouquet, a gratitude bag of chocolate goodies, and the memory of a lovely time helping an organization help others.

Once again, a heartfelt thanks to all who made this event possible…Volunteers, Board Members, Planning Committee, Sponsors, and all who attended.

We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Watch the Spread the Joy: A Day to Remember a video with music on the Power of Flowers website. Hope it brings back the joy you felt on that day, if you were there, or gives you a sense of it, if you were unable to attend.

It’s Almost Here. The Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon

Some Merry Elves: Mary G., Barb B., Claire T., and Georgia D.

Just a reminder for ticket holders that the 3rd Annual Spread the Joy Luncheon is this coming Wednesday, October 18 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM.

With the sold-out Luncheon just a few days away, the Power of Flowers Volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the largest POF fundraiser of the year.

Merry Elves have busily and beautifully wrapped and decorated the 45 raffle items, the 45 silent auction items, and the 50 bottles of wine for the wine pull. And what an array of items…

 

Raffle and Auction Items Ready to Go
From American Girl dolls to electric weed eaters; from beautifully framed works of art to baskets of candy and goodies; and from a trip to the Big Apple to a trip in a rented Corvette to a candy box filled with money… sweet treats all! Just waiting for some successful bidder or lucky winner to take their prizes home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our new Garden Cart is powered up and ready to hold 300+ POF colorful signature bouquets, one for each attendee to take home. It will be a sight to behold.

While the Fundraising Committee has been planning and working, the folks at the Tewksbury County Club have been getting that gorgeous facility ready to host a scrumptious turkey dinner for 300 attendees, perfect for what will surely be a glorious fall day.

 

Candy Box containing Sweeeeet Treats!

 

Before lunch, Joyce B., POF founder, and Michelle Silveira, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer from Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, the Presenting sponsor, will each say a few words. After lunch, Leslie K., POF Executive Director, has a short presentation planned, which will be followed by the results of the raffle and the winning bids for the auction items.

 

So come early to check out the things up for auction and the beautiful raffle baskets and items. Take chances on things in the raffle; bid early and bid often on auction articles! Enjoy a beverage while you mingle, make new friends, and renew acquaintances.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!

Joyce B. and Jane R. Wrapping and Decorating

Featured Auction Item of the Week: Handmade Pottery Handbag Vase

Handmade Pottery Handbag Vase

The last auction item that we will feature is a delightful decorative art vase in the shape of a handbag. It was made from clay and has an authentic rope handle. The piece is approximately 10 inches high and 12 inches wide. It is glazed with beige that has subtle glimmers of pale pink and blue when viewed closely.

This beautiful item was donated by the daughter-in-law of one of our board members. After years of working as a nurse, the artist returned to her love of potting. She says:

“I have done pottery off and on for 50 years but finally more seriously in the past 3 years. I have always loved working in clay and still have my very first item I made way back in 3rd grade–a piggy bank. ..I always wanted to spend more time making pottery but [my son] was too young and needed mom more than I needed clay. But he is older now and more independent so that frees up time for me! “

This is one of those auction items that needs to be seen in person to truly enjoy its beauty and craftsmanship. Please drop by the Silent Auction table to see it filled with gorgeous blooms!

Click to see the list of the other items that will be available at the auction/raffle.

See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!

Although tickets for the auction have sold out, you can add your name to the waiting list. Send your name, email address, and phone number to spreadthejoy2017@gmail.com and we will notify you if space becomes available.

WANTED: Your gently used jewelry and accessories:

Once again, Brightview at Concord River has graciously offered to host the
Trinkets to Treasures Fundraiser to Benefit the Power of Flowers and we need your help.

We’re looking for your baubles, bangles, and beads and miscellaneous accessories to sell at this much-loved, highly anticipated event. We need men’s, women’s, and kids’ jewelry; nice jewelry; novelty jewelry; funky jewelry; seasonal jewelry…

 

    • necklaces (pendants, beads, chains)
    • earrings
    • rings
    • bracelets (charms, bangles)
    • brooches and pins
    • scarves
    • shawls
    • belts
    • gloves
    • hair accessories (headbands, barrettes, clips)
    • handbags (purses, wallets, change holders)

… You get the idea. All the proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the Power of Flowers Project.

Trinkets to Treasures will be held on Thursday, November 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Brightview at Concord River, 199 Concord Rd, Billerica.

The deadline for donating items is October 30, 2017

You can bring your items to Janna at Brightview or you can bring them to the workshop, labeled Trinkets and Treasures, and we will see that Janna gets them in time.

For more information about the event or how to donate – please contact Janna at Brightview – (978) 262-1410 or see the latest version of our newsletter.

You can also help by attending this event and getting an early start on your holiday shopping. There’s plenty of free parking and refreshments will be served. Have fun and enjoy hunting treasures.