A trio of local authors will join the Garden Club in the holiday greens sale

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Posted: Nov 19, 2022 9:00 AM

Three local authors – Sydney Eddison, Nancy Crevier and Andrea Zimmermann – have been invited by the Garden Club of Newtown to sign books during the club’s annual greenery and gift sale on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event, which also features a range of decorated wreaths, centerpieces and homemade gifts, will be held this year at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

Eddison is the author of 12 books – seven gardening books and five collections of poetry. She lives with her Jack Russell terrier, Phoebe, at the edge of a clearing in the woods. Through the double glass doors in the kitchen there is always something interesting to see: a fox floating on the lawn; red-tailed hawks hovering above our heads. This is the stuff of which his poems are made.

Eddison will sign a number of his books, including his last collection of poems, The Sacred Ground of Home: Poems of Country Life.

His gardening books include A patchwork garden; A passion for daylilies, flowers and people; Take-out gardens: creating and designing a container garden with photographs by Steve Silk; The gardener’s palette, creating color in the garden, also with photographs by Steve Silk; and Gardening for a lifetimewinner of the National Garden Club’s Award of Excellence.

Newtown resident and Minnesota native Nancy Crevier has been writing poetry for most of her life. She will sign her first book of poetry, The Peaches Quartet and Other Poemsa collection brought together from over 40 years of writings and is a reflection on love, life, loss and nature.

Crevier has joined the team of The Newtown Bee as a journalist in 2005, then became the newspaper’s editor. She retired in 2021 and continues to live and write in Newtown.

Zimmermann is a writer and artist who lives in Newtown. She will give away four books: her latest amateur-detective mystery, A Legacy of Lies: A Rock Ridge Mysteryset in a fictional small Connecticut town with a quirky cast of characters; The Great Danbury State Fairwhich paints the portrait of the 112-year-old fair; The Detective Laszlo Briscoe Files: True Crime in Newtown 1889-1933, which recounts 63 despicable crimes perpetrated in Newtown; and a book written by his mother, Lois Zimmermann, which was published posthumously this fall, Talbot’s Questa novel of intrigue with a wonderful cast of characters.

Before writing books, Zimmermann was a feature editor for The Newtown Beethen freelance journalist for The New York Times Connecticut Weekly section and regional magazines.

The Greenery and Gift Sale is the Garden Club’s main fundraising event and all are welcome to attend. For more than 30 years, this annual event has featured handcrafted holiday items by members.

This year’s sale will once again feature an inventory of decorated wreaths, boxwood and centerpieces. There will also be mesh accessories, a new offering.

Proceeds from Holiday Greens & Gifts enable the Garden Club of Newtown to maintain the Blue Star Memorial and three other gardens in the city, as well as provide funds to FAITH Food Pantry, the Newtown Scholarship Association, the Newtown Fund and the Newtown Forest Association, among others.

Three local authors – left to right, Sydney Eddison, Andrea Zimmermann and Nancy Crevier – have been invited by the Garden Club of Newtown to sign books during the club’s annual holiday greens and giveaway sale on Saturday, December 3. —Photo by Bill Brassard

Together, Mary Goebel and Eileen Holleran, members of the Garden Club of Newtown, decorate pinecones which will be added to fresh wreaths a day or two before the club’s annual greenery and gift sale next month. —Photo by Louise Zierzow

Some of the colorful embellishments – bright red and green balls, natural dried materials (pine cones, milkweed pods) and woven candy canes – which will also be used to decorate wreaths and other holiday decorations by the Garden Club of Newtown. —Photo by Louise Zierzow


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