A traditional Gonzales Garden Club Christmas

Patti Mouton / Special to Weekly Citizen
The Gonzales Garden Club gathered for 2017 Christmas group photo. Back row standing from left to right: Gail Lonibos, Jamie Trisler, and Janis D’Benedetto with Priscilla Monson and Conchita Richey on the far right. Seated on couch, L to R, are Mabel Savoy, Gwen Heck, Marilyn Oubre, Cathy Venable, Lorraine Gautreau, and Janis Poche with Myra Mire in the arm chair. On the front row floor are Mary Jo Pohlig, Barbara McCormick, Weezie Cashat and Rita Bourque. Patti Mouton and Ellen Richmond are not pictured.

The ladies of the Gonzales Garden Club met at Priscilla Monson’s home in Prairieville for their traditional Christmas gathering on December 6. A brief business meeting was held to address public garden maintenance projects, a lifetime membership presentation, club awards, and plans for the January meeting.

Club members donated a basket of canned goods to the Carpenter’s Chapel United Methodist Church Food Pantry. Monson, Marilyn Oubre, Patti Mouton, Donna Reynaud, Marilyn Rice and Mable Savoy hosted the event; everyone brought a dish to share. The potluck dinner was a holiday feast of gumbo and potato salad, baked ham, casseroles, vegetables, and desserts.

As tradition would have it, Myra Mire had each member choose a word card of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” phrases, then she read the poem to the group. When the words on each member’s card were read, that member chose a gift to open. It was a thoughtful way to begin the holiday season. Each member also received a Thoughts from Bully paperback, a collection of short stories by Mike Strong, as a memento from the Ascension Magazine publisher for the club’s community service.

The Gonzales Garden Club is federated by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.