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Gift baskets, wreaths available at Atlantic Heritage Center

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Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010 12:00 am

Donna Innis struck a cord one week ago tonight.

Volunteering as a singer for the Atlantic Heritage Center’s third annual Spirit of Christmas’ Past opening reception Nov. 18, Innis provided little known facts behind the songs she had chosen to perform. They included “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and others.

When choosing her songs, Innis explained that she was unable to get more than one CD. By chance, that CD had all of the songs she wanted.

“We didn’t realized that they were written in 1935, in 1943,” Innis said, until she and Trustee Sheryl Collins did additional research into the songs.

This was a time, Innis said, when people were more home-oriented.

“That’s one thing that’s missing nowadays,” she said. That feeling of being “at home” or among family isn’t quite the same as it had been when many of these songs were written. During World War II, servicemen and women were far from home.

She noted between songs that people should appreciate what they have. “Yesterday’s a memory. Tomorrow’s a mystery (and) today’s a present,” she said.

The latter part, she believed, was the real gift, which seemed fitting for the evening in that the event served not only as a fundraiser for the center’s expansion fund, but it focused on the idea of gift-giving for the upcoming holiday season.

Available for purchase were 72 gift baskets, 22 wreaths and a variety of bows and Christmas Tree ornaments – many of which were hand-made or hand-assembled by Atlantic Heritage Center members.

Cost per item varied from just a few dollars to $100 for a basket that consisted of a full pasta dinner, including the sauces, seasonings and more.

Collins said that this year is slightly different than last year’s fundraiser in that “we focused on the themed baskets this year.”

Last year, a majority of the items up for sale were wreaths. The wreaths came in different colors, sizes and shapes as do this year’s gift baskets. Prices also vary among the items.

Collins indicated that the gift baskets will appeal to a variety of different interests and hobbies.

“There is something for everyone. Golfers. Children. Writers. Wine (enthusiasts)...”

Audrey Foster agreed. “There is something for everybody.”

She came to the third annual Spirit of Christmas’ Past because of her home.

“I live in an old home; I’m always looking for distinct decorations.”

On this particular evening, she came across a pair of pinecone ornaments that were decorated and made into Christmas Tree ornaments.

Other baskets included toys geared for a boy or a girl, stationery sets for the writer in every family, golf items, back to school supplies, Spa night and an entire pasta dinner for a romantic evening.

Shoppers can view baskets, wreaths and other gift items are still available by coming to the Atlantic Heritage Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, now through Dec. 16.

A second, closing reception will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 16, where the Atlantic Heritage Center will host its annual Cookie Walk and concert.

Homemade cookies and baked goods will be available for purchase by the pound or in tins during that evening. The Cape Shore Chapter of the Sweet Adelines will also perform holiday tunes that night.

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