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Programs – Kingston Garden Club

Programs

The club’s first program is reflected in the meeting minutes of December 12, 1950. “Mary Reilly gave a talk on making Christmas wreaths and several ladies brought lovely arrangements and some gave explanations of how the arrangements were made”.

Films were shown at several of the early KGC meetings including “Ever Since Eve” which was presented in February of 1951 through the courtesy of “Mr. Maki” (possibly Mr. Mukai). It was a 1937 romantic comedy about a capable and attractive secretary who hides her good looks for the sake of peaceful employment.

Shortly thereafter, the club had a showing of “Hawaii”. This may have been a travelogue, because the film based on the James Michener novel, starring Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow, was not made until 1966. In January of 1955, “[s]uggestions were made on how to repay the army boys from Battery Charley for showing the motion pictures on the San Juan Islands” including a “letter of thanks to Captain Merola [of the Nike Station] for letting the two young men come down with their projector and screen to show us the picture.”

During the 1950s, many programs on various aspects of plant care and flower arranging were presented. There were also some unusual programs  on subjects such as pumpkin seed corsages, driftwood arrangements, and the making of wallpaper place mats. In May of 1958, the program consisted of members taking a written Competitive Examination provided by the makers of Everready Garden Products.