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  • Get Tickets Now: Royal Mad Hatter Tea Party

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|May 22, 2024

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and all creatures of whimsy, you are cordially invited to an enchanting affair like no other! On Saturday, June 22nd, the Enchanted Faire proudly presents a Royal Mad Hatter Tea, a magical experience fit for a Queen (of Hearts) and her court. Join our delightfully "Mad" hostesses, Kathy Ross and Dorie Westhoven, as they welcome you to a world of wonder and whimsy. This spellbinding event will feature two exclusive tea seatings; the first will be held at...

  • Dear Editor: Get to the Whitehall Community Library!

    DORIE WESTHOVEN|Nov 8, 2023

    Dear Editor, Residents, Readers, and Educators, The Whitehall Community Library and Friends of the Whitehall Community Library (FOTWCL) have a fantastic deal for you! The library has recently finished its yearly purge of the circulating collection (the books available for loan) to make room on the shelves for new purchases to that collection. The purged books have been added to the FOTWCL book sale shelves and table in the library basement. These books sell for the ridiculously low price of 10 c...

  • Help House the Fairies and the Gnomes!

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|May 3, 2023

    Perhaps one (or both) of the two articles previously printed in the Ledger has piqued your interest. Or perchance you saw Karen Ranta's "enchanting" display at the fabulous Arbor Day celebration hosted by the Whitehall Garden Club. Maybe that sprinkling of fairy dust has settled in your imagination and you are looking for a creative outlet. The Enchanted Forest Faire is coming to Whitehall on Saturday, June 24th and the sponsors are encouraging the community to build a home or establishment...

  • Whitehall Garden Club News - December

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Dec 14, 2022

    The Whitehall Garden Club (WGC) held its last meeting of 2022 on Wednesday, December 7th. Hostesses Mary Baughn and Evelyn Edmisten treated those in attendance to a "from scratch" feast. A hot potato casserole, two varieties of homemade jam to top homemade yeast rolls (cue the music – I like bread and butter, I like toast and jam...), fruited banana bread, and my personal favorite, soft chewy molasses cookies (pretty sure I had three, but fortunately no one was counting!) A beautiful garland o...

  • Pies For Non-Profits During Fall Festival

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Nov 2, 2022

    WOW, WHITEHALL!! You are beyond amazing! The Whitehall Garden Club may have shaken out their aprons, wiped down the tables, and swept the floor, but their giddy smiles remain. The Community was given the opportunity to BAKE, BID (on), and BUY PIE, and pie oh pie did they ever!!! Thank you so much for making the Fall Festival Pie for Non-Profit booth so very successful. It had its most profitable year to date, and most nonprofits were designated as recipients. Forty pies were donated to the...

  • Pies For Non-Profits at Fall Festival

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Oct 12, 2022

    Calling all pie bakers! Time to make your magic with fat, flour, fruit, and sugar to benefit Whitehall’s non-profits. Once again, the Whitehall Garden Club is sponsoring a SILENT PIE AUCTION and PIE by the SLICE during the Fall Festival taking place Saturday, October 22. Proceeds benefit the local non-profit YOU designate when dropping off your pies. Thanks to the generosity of Colton Anderson, we will be located in the lobby of the Star Theatre. No wind, rain, sleet, or snow will dampen our spirits or make mush of your pie. There will be an a...

  • Pies for Non-Profits at Fall Festival

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Oct 5, 2022

    Calling all pie bakers! Time to make your magic with fat, flour, fruit, and sugar to benefit Whitehall’s non-profits. Once again, the Whitehall Garden Club is sponsoring a SILENT PIE AUCTION and PIE by the SLICE during the Fall Festival taking place Saturday, October 22. Proceeds benefit the local non-profit YOU designate when dropping off your pies. Thanks to the generosity of Colton Anderson, we will be located in the lobby of the Star Theatre. No wind, rain, sleet, or snow will dampen our spirits or make mush of your pie. There will be an a...

  • Whitehall Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday, June 18

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Jun 15, 2022

    For all you plant lovers currently suffering sticker shock for the price of a 4-inch potted plant, the WGC is here to help with great deals at our plant sale. This Saturday, June 18th, WGC will be participating in the Community Garage Sale. Thanks to club members who have been thinning their long-established gardens and houseplants, we are pleased to offer approximately 150 plants for sale. There are between 15 to 20 perennial varieties for sale that coming from local gardens are well acclimated to Whitehall’s environment. This, combined w...

  • Dear Editor: Rants and Raves

    DORIE WESTHOVEN|May 4, 2022

    Dear Editor, The town I moved from had an online forum for its citizens to RANT and RAVE, but I believe this platform will suffice for the same purpose. I have both RANTS and RAVES for the Rescuers and Survivors Fair hosted by the Whitehall Community Library last Thursday. First, the RAVES, lest you become so indignant over my RANTS you see red, lose focus, and cannot see your way to the end of this letter, missing the all-important RAVES. Nothing but RAVES to the nine teens who have spent the better part of the last four months preparing for...

  • Compost Demonstration May 4 at WGC Meeting

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Apr 27, 2022

    Did you know backyard composting can be as easy as following a recipe? Kaleena Miller, extension agent for Jefferson and Madison counties will demonstrate the recipe for a successful compost pile at the Whitehall Garden Club’s May meeting on Wednesday, May 4. That is next week! As it will be May, our weather will be heating up which is crucial for composting. This is a very timely program. The program will include an actual DEMONSTRATION. That’s right, Kaleena Miller of MSU Extension is going to lay down a tarp, measure out the essential ing...

  • Whitehall Garden Club News: March 2022

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Mar 9, 2022

    The Whitehall Garden Club (WGC) members met on March 2 and were greeted by a delightful array of scrumptious goodies to start all of us off in the right direction (minus the blown circuit). Thank you to Dorie Westhoven and Diane Ward for freshly baked (and homegrown) rhubarb cake, lovely home-canned peaches, deviled eggs and fruit k-bobs! We were like hummingbirds flitting from one flower-shaped cookie to the next. Happy tummies make happy listeners and we had quite the opportunity to listen...

  • Whitehall Garden Club Meeting March 2nd

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Feb 23, 2022

    As recounted in last week’s Ledger by member Jayne Dean, WGC’s inaugural meeting of 2022 was a terrific start to their calendar year. The March meeting is fast approaching and you do not want to miss it. Please join us Wednesday morning March 2nd in Borden’s conference room beginning at 9:30 AM. Social time will be hosted by members Diane Ward and Dorie Westhoven. While the menu is always a surprise, it never disappoints. The business meeting will commence at 10 AM followed by the guest speaker at 11 AM. Kaleena Miller, the extension agent...

  • Garden Club Meeting Reschedule to February 9th

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Feb 2, 2022

    The Whitehall Garden Club has rescheduled its first meeting of 2022 to Wednesday morning February 9th at the Borden Conference Room. Serendipitous for those of you who couldn’t attend the previous meeting but are available to do so on the 9th! Social time begins at 9:30. The business meeting will commence at 10:00 with a Fast Five (minute) presentation by member Glenna Waltee. She will demonstrate a floral design to make yourself, your friend, or your loved one an arrangement for Valentine’s Day. The principles demonstrated can be applied to an...

  • First Whitehall Garden Club Meeting of 2022

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Jan 26, 2022

    John Carlson, newly elected president of the Whitehall Garden Club (WGC) will be presiding at the club’s first meeting of 2022, slated for February 2nd at the Borden conference room. This is also the first meeting of the club’s 25th year! Come one, come all, as you need not be a member to attend. Social time, hosted by Karen Ranta and Janet Finney, begins at 9:30 AM. The business meeting will commence at 10 AM with a Fast Five (minute) presentation on the herb Rosemary by member Dorie Westhoven. At 11 AM, Vaia Errett will begin her 30-...