Wreathed with cheer & chocolate

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PINEDALE – December always starts off properly with the Museum of the Mountain Man’s 29th annual Holiday Wreath & Chocolate Auction. This year’s auction of wreaths and Christmas decorations included unusual items such as a beautifully handcrafted “possibles” bag and obsidian knife, a lime green tire, a framed museum-quality print with a swag and a chainsaw-carved wooden bear.

In between, wreaths made of live greens, grapevines and faux greenery were decorated with sagebrush, peacock feathers, ball ornaments, pretty lights, fancy bows and ribbons to suit everyone’s style.

Jay Fear and Dave Stephens as guest live auctioneers took goodnatured bids from the supportive crowd. The chocolate creations, including a ranch barn likeness, all varieties of fudge, brownie “trees” and other goodies were channeled through phones for the silent auction.

In all, the event with 32 wreaths sold live and 45 chocolates raised $13,000 for the Museum of the Mountain Man’s 2023 programs, according to director Clint Gilchrist. 100 or so people attended the annually anticipated event in the Pinedale Library Lovatt Room

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