We may have had a stretch of summer-like temperatures lately but the calendar doesn’t lie – Christmas is almost here! The malls are all decked out with the colors of the season, Mariah Carey is already belting out “All I Want for Christmas is You” on the radio and we have even had our first snow! We have been teased into the notion that winter is far away, but the holidays are soon upon on and it is time to start planning for some levity and joy in an otherwise challenging time.
If there is anyone who embraces the holidays ~ and all they represent ~ it is John Dick, the longtime owner of Atwood Florist in Johnston. Celebrating the milestone moments in our lives is what John does best with his signature floral arrangements, his seasonal displays of fireworks and now with his holiday workshops.
This year, John is excited to announce his post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas “Second Annual Boxwood Centerpiece-Making” workshops. Last fall, before the world changed, friends and family gathered to create these classic boxwood trees to add color, vibrancy, and that fresh pine aroma to their holiday tables. The workshops were so well-attended and so well-received that John has decided to repeat them this year, but with COVID-safe measures in place.
To keep workshop participants safe and worry-free, groups will not exceed ten guests and all must be family members or close friends who are within the same “quarantine circle.” Face coverings are required, fresh air will be circulating, hand sanitizer will be abundantly available and there will be plenty of space to keep comfortably distanced. Most importantly, participants will leave these workshops with a beautiful, handmade centerpiece of fragrant boxwood to usher in the holiday season!
Registration for the workshops begins now with a simple call to the shop. Classes last approximately two hours and cost $40 which includes all the supplies you will need to create your own boxwood tree, as well as some light refreshments and beverages. The workshops are held on weeknights from 5:30/6:00pm (according to the availability of the guests!) and on weekends from anywhere between 3:00 to 5:30, again, upon request. Sign up today!
This year, as in years past, John is also the first location in the state to offer fireworks from Phantom Fireworks for those who want to celebrate the New Year (which we ALL hope will be more worthy of celebration than was 2020!) Check out his display as the season approaches.
Nursing homes and hospitals are also finally allowing their residents to receive flowers, so give Atwood Florist a call to send along a custom-made arrangement to cheer up your loved one.
Atwood Florist is located at 1041 Atwood Avenue and can be reached at 401-274-7300. Visit the website at www.atwoodflorist.com or find the shop on Facebook. Same day delivery is guaranteed if you call by noon.