Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures of late, a sure indication that the yuletide season is just around the corner is the annual gathering of Camden Garden Club’s wrappers, twisters and “pouffers.”

This dedicated assembly has been transforming yards and yards of ribbon and wire into magnificent holiday embellishments for more than 30 years. The beautiful crimson bows they create are the perfect adornment for the lighted evergreen wreaths that bring holiday cheer to Camden’s lampposts throughout the winter.

On Oct. 14, Wreath chairperson Karen Cease welcomed the enthusiastic group into her cozy kitchen, appropriately converted into an assembly line for the morning’s undertaking. The wrappers wound the flocked ribbon around wooden templates designed by Cease’s husband then passed them on to the next station where the twisters used florist wire to secure the 18 loops that make up each bow. The final, and some would say most important step, is the “pouffing” which involves pulling and twisting the loops into place to produce a stunning accent for the seasonal greenery.

Bright and early on Wednesday, Nov. 16, a delivery of 108 fresh Balsam wreaths will arrive at the American Legion Hall in Camden where garden club members and helpers will attach a big red bow and a string of twinkling white lights to each one. When that process is complete, the group will form a long line and move the wreaths, fire brigade style, to the parking lot. The club is very grateful to Camden Public Works who will transport the wreaths to town, secure them to the lampposts, and plug in the lights.

Decorating Camden’s lampposts has been a tradition since 1950 and, judging by the commitment and enthusiasm of Camden Garden Club members, it is likely to continue for many years to come. Camden Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Maine and National Garden Clubs, Inc.