In Woodbury, Covid Prompts a Fundraising Pivot

When the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club Board decided in early 2021 that the Covid landscape was too uncertain to commit to a traditional fall luncheon fundraiser, they voted to pivot to a new model: a holiday market featuring handmade crafts. If Covid surged, the event could be held outdoors. Worst case: everything would keep for a later date. The first workshops were held in March (socially distanced and with masks) to begin what became a 9-month adventure. From origami-style seed packets crafted from wallpaper, to pine cone and dried hydrangea wreaths, to teasel mice and owls and stunning milkweed “stars” for the tree, club members eagerly embraced the plan. The doors opened in November to the club’s most successful fundraiser in years. The lessons: be flexible, tap members’ talents, and have fun!