Friends of the Library auction off wreaths

MILFORD – Some of the strangest, and also some of the most beautiful, hol­iday wreaths are now on display at the Wadleigh Memorial Library.

They are part of the sixth annual Wreaths Around the Wadleigh hol­iday auction, the Friends’ only fundraising event, supporting their activities for the coming year.

"Bid early and bid of­ten," Bernie Kallfelz, a member of the Friends of the Wadleigh Memo­rial Library, said last week as she showed off the wreaths, all donations made by Milford resi­dents.

The Friends is all-volunteer, nonprofit orga­nization, and the money its members raise buys things for the library that are in the category of "Nice to have, but it’s not in the budget." They include free and dis­counted museum passes, a VCR, support for the Acoustic Cafe and the electronic bulletin board at the checkout desk.

Last week, Kallfelz said she expected 40-50 wreaths to be delivered to the library by the Dec. 3 deadline.

Some are made from traditional woodland greenery, others from lot­tery tickets, egg cartons and pheasant feathers.

Wreaths made from any kind of materials were accepted. Two on dis­play were made from the pages of the 19th-century English novel "Vanity Fair."

A wool one was made by Katie Spofford, a mem­ber of the library staff, by arm-knitting, which is what it sounds like – knit­ting with arms, without needles. The soft creation has a sign saying "It’s frea­kin’ cold."

The recommended in­crement for bidding is $2. Bidding ends Sunday, Dec. 18.

Winners will be notified the same day, beginning at 3 p.m. Wreaths must be picked up by noon Tues­day, Dec. 20, or the next bidder will win.

For more information, call Jill Langelier at 673- 0673 or email j.langelier@

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or