Today I hostessed at one of the houses on The Candlelight Tour, which is the annual house tour that the Seventh District Garden Clubs of New York State puts on. This year it was in a neighboring town so our club didn't have to do any of the decorating. All I had to do was stand around and talk to people who came to the house, which was a lot of fun.
I do it because I like to help out. Also, because Garden Clubs seem to be something that older women generally join. The population of the garden clubs in my city is aging, with not much of an influx of new people. (our club being the exception) and it's a tradition that I want to preserve and to flourish as the garden clubs in this area date back to George Eastman! As a result, I feel like it's my responsibility to take part in the events that the federation sponsors.
But don't let all that romantic gobbleygook fool you. I did it mostly so that I could spend some time (for free) in this lovely old home! 201 years old! The history! The molding! The floors! The decorations! They even had a bagpiper playing Christmas music! It was a wonderful.