Conducted over the past two decades, The Magnolia Garden Club's Holiday Market continues to offer "wonderful gifts" while generating funds for its community service projects. Featuring the theme Winter Wonderland, the free-admission event will be presented Saturday.
"The Holiday Market has always been well [received] and supported in Bartow and surrounding counties. This year, we have partnered with Friends of the Library Craft Fair for cross-publicity as the events are held on the same day and in the same general area," said Dee Anne Wyse — chairperson for the Holiday Market — referring to the Friends of the Library Indoor Arts & Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cartersville Civic Center. "This will allow folks the opportunity to visit both events and take home some wonderful gifts without traveling far from home.
"The Holiday Market will create a winter wonderland at the Stiles Auditorium. The venues include Santa’s Shoppe — gently-used and new holiday items, décor, etc.; The Garden Gate — garden delights, plants, tools, décor, yard art, plants, birdhouses, bat houses, etc.; The Flour Shoppe — home-baked goodies; Complimentary Bistro — free cookies and cider; [and] food trucks, live plant sales and so much more."
As Wyse noted, the Holiday Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Olin Tatum Agricultural Building's Stiles Auditorium, 320 W. Cherokee Ave.
"This will be 20th year for Magnolia Garden Club to [offer] the Magnolia market" said club member Sue Tucker. "We originally started [at] the carriage house at Rose Lawn [Museum], which was [a] beautiful setting, then various places [and] now we are having this special market at Stiles Auditorium.
"It seems to be very popular with Cartersville/Bartow residents. It’s always well attended and the proceeds help us with scholarships locally and various civic organizations."
Established in the late 1940s, The Magnolia Garden Club currently consists of 38 members. The group meets the second Friday of every month — except for July and August — at Heritage Baptist Church in Cartersville.
According to the club's promotional materials, “In March 1949, The Magnolia Garden Club of Cartersville was organized in the home of Mrs. Guy Parmenter, who was then president of the Cartersville Garden Club. The first meeting was held in the Sam Jones home, now known as Rose Lawn, on Cherokee Avenue. It was organized with 48 members. The first president was Mr. J. M. Fields.
“... [Today] many members are involved in other clubs, plant societies and activities. ... The Magnolia Garden Club members work to continue its founding ladies’ traditions of contributing to the beautification and education of the community regarding gardening.”
Wyse shared Saturday's event will serve as one of The Magnolia Garden Club's Top 2 annual benefits.
"The fundraisers allow The Magnolia Garden Club the opportunity to serve in our community," Wyse said, "with local and state programs, such as:
• National Garden Week in Georgia — education/awareness on gardening, pollinators and recycling;
• Garden therapy in our local senior centers/assisted [living] facilities;
• Planting it Pink — recognition and support of breast cancer awareness with a gardening touch;
• Youth projects — working through our Junior Garden Clubs in Hamilton Crossing [Elementary] and South Central Middle schools;
• Blue Star Memorial Marker — honoring our Bartow County veterans of all wars;
• Education/awareness — maintaining historic gardens, [like] Laura’s Garden at Rose Lawn;
• Awarding local scholarships to Chattahoochee Tech and Georgia Highlands in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, agribusiness or similar field."