Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Christmas Wreath memento bulbs for sale, $5

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019

The “Merry Christmas” wreath that was formerly located at the Wolf & Dessauer building and Sunken Gardens has been completely disassembled, and the bulbs are being sold as Christmas past mementos. The bulbs can be purchased at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, 305 Warren Street; Huntington City Building, mayor’s office, 300 Cherry Street; Huntington City Services building, 634 Webster Street and Mike’s Car Care Center, 1575 Etna Avenue, for $5 each.

All bulb purchases are going toward the restoration of the new wreath that will debut at the annual Christmas lighting ceremony at Sunken Gardens on Sunday, December 1 at 6 p.m.

A fund was established with the Huntington County Community Foundation earlier this year to help pay for the wreath’s re-creation. A community fundraising effort was begun toward a wreath with a new, lightweight frame and red, green and white energy efficient LED lights.

The wreath was not lit during the 2018 Christmas season due to its unsafe condition but will be relit for Christmas 2019. The wreath was built in 1937, and once shined over downtown Huntington, when it was located on the side of the former Wolf & Dessauer building from 1953 until the store closed in 1969. That building was torn down and Rotary Centennial Park was built in its place.

When Wolf & Dessauer, Huntington, closed, the wreath was moved to the side of the former Huntington First National Bank/Trustcorp building until the bank was purchased in 1988. After the bank’s transition, the wreath was put into storage. When First National Bank/Trustcorp merged into National City Bank in 1998, the wreath was donated to the City of Huntington. At this point it became a part of the Christmas display at Sunken Gardens in 1998.