Copper Mountain College Celebrates Festival of Wreaths

    November 22, 2010





    JOSHUA TREE, Ca –    Dozens of local residents converged on the Copper Mountain College Campus Sunday afternoon for its first annual Festival of Wreaths.  The College’s Bell Center doors opened at 2:00 p.m. admitting the crowd to a hosted wine and cheese social and to view a wall filled with beautifully decorated holiday wreaths.  At 3:00 p.m. CMC Foundation President Cathy Larson opened the auction event by welcoming the guests and thanking the many wreath decorators for their tremendous support of this new event.  In early October thirty wreath blanks were distributed to local businesses and organizations and returned to the College decorated for the live auction event.  Many of the wreaths included gift certificates for merchandise and services in addition to the wreaths themselves.  The “People’s Choice” award went to the “Innkeepers Association” which also brought the highest bid at $1,800.  The wreath included certificates for a glider ride over Joshua Tree National Park, a sound bath for four at the Integratron, a night each at the Roughley Manor, The Moon Way Lodge, Spin and Margie’s Desert Hideaway, and the 29 Palms Inn.  Hanging in the center of the wreath was a necklace created by local artist “Mikal Winn”.  Festival co-coordinators Jane Smith and Barbara Dunn were more than delighted with just over $8,000 raised during the event proclaiming it a resounding success.  College Superintendent/President and the evening’s auctioneer Dr. Roger Wagner stated that “These wreaths express not just the talent and creativity we have in the Morongo Basin, but they are an expression of the enthusiasm in the Basin for their college”.  Plans for next year’s Festival of Wreaths are already underway with plans to move the event from the Bell Center’s Community Room to the gymnasium to accommodate a larger crowd.