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Season’s Greetings from Williams & Heintz

Season’s Greetings from all of us at Williams & Heintz Map Corp.

Enjoy the video of the Hospice Tree that we decorated for Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees. We made the paper boats, mermaids, fish, and snowflakes from our out of date Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides.

The 2016-2017 Williams & Heintz Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides can be ordered now for Christmas deliveries  of the chart books. So recycle and reuse your old charts, time to ring in the new.

Soundtrack: Fish Bowl by Scott Holmes

Paper boats, mermaids, fish, and snowflakes on the Williams & Heintz Corp tree for Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees

Seasons Greetings with Paper Snowflakes: a New Way to Fold a Map

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. is decorated for the season with giant paper snowflakes made of maps.

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. is decorated for the season with giant paper snowflakes made of maps.

Season’s Greetings!

I have taken the time out to do something creative, a release from the stress of the season and political climate:  to make something beautiful in response to the sorrowful news in Connecticut.

My wish is to share some joy with you.

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. is decorated for the season with giant paper snowflakes made of maps.  I have made a “how to” video, so you and your family can fold six sided snowflakes too.  Don’t forget to recycle your paper scraps.

Below is the invitation from the Connecticut PTSA, and the PTA and community leaders in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary. to make snowflakes, to create a winter wonderland for when the Sandy Hook children return to school in January.

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook:   Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!! No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.From the Connecticut PTSA.

Yours,

Holly

More re-used map decorations found herehere, and here.

Update:  They have enough snowflakes and cannot accept any more.

Thank you to everyone who has donated snowflakes on behalf of the children of Sandy Hook  Elementary School and the community of Newtown. We know that each snowflake represents the emotional outreach of the person making it. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from around not just the country but the world. At this time, we have enough beautiful snowflakes to blanket the community of Newtown. Therefore, with regret we must close the snowflake project to further donations. Please take this idea and your snowflakes and create a winter wonderland of your own in your community as a show of solidarity for our Newtown families. Please share your winter wonderlands with us. We would love to share your pictures with the families of Sandy Hook and all the other participating communities. Also please read the message below from the PTA of the Sandy Hook Elementary School for another wonderful way to help. Thank you for your heartfelt and amazing creations and for all of your magnificent notes and kind wishes for the Newtown community.

Christmas in July

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. Hospice Tree

Williams & Heintz Map Corp. Hospice Tree, decorated with re-purposed nautical charts

Last winter, Williams & Heintz participated for the first time, in Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees  We got to decorate one of over 60 trees, which were displayed over Thanksgiving weekend, and then went to homes and businesses.  This year there will be a new Gingerbread House Competition, in addition to  Breakfast with Santa.  The vendors at the festival provide a great start to the holiday shopping season too.  All proceeds from the Festival of Trees go to support the Burnett-Calvert Calvert Hospice House. The House is available to anyone in Calvert County living their final days for whom care at home is not an option.

Our decorations were made of re-purposed nautical charts. It makes me happy to get creative and make pretty things out of old stuff, so I derive great satisfaction making decorations out of reused maps.  We made paper snowflakes, angels, paper map beads, and origami boats.

We publish updated Maryland and Virginia Cruising Guides every two years because of the hundreds of changes to information on buoys, water depth, tidal currents, marinas, ramps and channels.  Whenever we have leftover books from a prior printing, they get recycled. As nice as recycling is, making the old charts into something new and beautiful, for a good cause, is far more fun.

Paper beads and angels from re-purposed maps and nautical charts

Paper beads and angels from re-purposed maps and nautical charts

UPDATE:  See pictures and read about the 2012 hospice tree here.

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