By Catherine O’Hara
A Carlisle resident is opening her home to boost two organizations.
On Saturday, Nov. 24, community residents are invited to drop by Mary Long Bishop’s home, where hundreds of poinsettias as well as Christmas urns and gift baskets will be on display and available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of the plants and arrangements will support Autism Ontario’s Hamilton-Wentworth chapter and Waterdown’s Drummond House.
For more than a decade, the former Town of Milton councillor has hosted an annual open house in an attempt to help not-for-profit organizations that are near and dear to her heart. In the past, the plant and gift basket sales have benefitted Halton Women’s Place, the Milton Seniors Centre, Knox Church and Milton District Hospital.
“Because I am living here now, I thought it would be nice to do something locally,” said Long Bishop.
The 300 or so poinsettias on offer were grown in Flamborough and come in a variety of colours and sizes.
While guests tour and enjoy the festive colours of the plants at the Carlisle resident’s home, they can savour hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Cascata Bistro, succulent desserts and Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.
To further boost Autism Ontario’s Hamilton-Wentworth chapter and Drummond House, a transitional home for women and children, raffles will also take place, where lucky participants will take home a Christmas urn arrangement, a poinsettia tree and gift card, donated by Carlisle’s TD Canada Trust branch.
The poinsettia open house runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Long Bishop’s home, located at 51 Woodend Dr. in Carlisle.