Joyce Click leads a class in making Christmas wreaths at the Ashland City Senior Center with humor and encouragement to keep spirits bright while reinforcing confidence in her students.

Last week wreath-makers gathered at tables in the center’s main room where exercise classes and lunch are held.

The Christmas wreaths consisted of a roll of red-colored netting material with ribbon accents that are fashioned so that once they are properly placed, they will look like poinsettias.

“Everybody is just doing so well,” she said, as she visited with each of the nine class participants.

Those attending the class included Teresa Johns Morris, Joan Fussell-Cantrell, Barbara Nash, Jane Newman, Brenda Thornton, Carolyn Carroll, Peggy Edison, Kay Ross and Edie Stewart.

“You are such a blessing,” said Stewart of Click’s gift for creating and sharing with patience and wisecracks.

“You’re a blessing to me, too,” Click said.  “Everybody does such a fine job here.” 

Ashland City Senior Center morning coordinator Kathy Nicholson noted Click’s talent and dedication.

“She makes wreaths for every season,” Nicholson said. “With her fall wreaths, she made 80 of them. She’s made candy cane wreaths. This year she has made well over 150 wreaths, most likely closer to 200.”

Nicholson said that Click attended the Family Community Education state convention with 40 wreaths sold from teaching classes.

“Joyce teaches quilling as well,” Nicholson said. “The designs have such detail and are crafted with rolls of paper.”

At the Christmas wreath class Click moved from table to table to offer help and humor.

“This is my first time,” said Newman, who said that she was having a good time and enjoyed learning with the support of others in the class.

Click said she was pleased with Newman’s first wreath effort and showed it to the rest of the group.

Click and her husband, Barry, made their way to Tennessee from Texas. They have lived in Ashland City for five years, off of Highway 49 near the golf course.

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