Garden Club brings Christmas cheer to historical society

Susie Pirillo of the Warren Garden Club decorates a Christmas tree in the office of the Warren County Historical Society.

The Victorian Christmas Open House at the Warren County Historical Society wouldn’t be the same without the Warren Garden Club.

For the last 20 years, and several years prior to that, the club has been decorating the historical society for Christmas.

“The Garden Club is a working club that does things for the community,” Louise Dyer said. “Most of the (city) parks and the municipal building are decorated by the Garden Club.”

“It is a very active club and we’re always looking for new members,” she said.

Decorating the historical society is a special event.

“As far as the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, there are special community projects you can do,” she said.

Four Christmas trees had been set up in the Struthers Wetmore Schimmelfeng House. Garden Club members decorated those, the bannisters, mantels, the front fence, and other spaces on Wednesday.

Each of the rooms in the house that will be part of the open house “has its own theme,” Dyer said.

Joining Dyer on Wednesday were Linda Gray, Marysue See, Pat Christy, Mary Lou Van Dorn, Susie Pirillo, Marianne Fernstrom, and Bev Tipton, and Becky Brown of the Hill & Dale Garden Club.

The Victorian Christmas Open House and horse-drawn trolley tours featuring Warren’s musical past are part of the Christmas Walk and Parade. The open house is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and trolley tours start at 7:30.