Palm Braiding

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    Jane Whitsitt of Duff, right, helped Karen Nordhoff of Jasper braid a palm into a cone shape while Nordhoff’s cousin Pat Pace of Jasper monitored fellow participants’ progress during a palm braiding session Monday evening at the Ferdinand Branch Library. The annual event is always the day after Palm Sunday, and palms work best for braiding if they’re left in a damp cloth overnight to help them stay malleable. “When I was little my brother knew how to do it and I never learned how,” Pace said. Whitsitt has been braiding palms as long as she can remember and began teaching the class three years ago. “It’s a dying tradition,” she said. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Jodi Gogel and her daughter, Megan, 12, both of Ferdinand, practiced palm braiding during a class at the Ferdinand Library on Monday evening. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Jennifer Harker of Jasper made what she referred to as a "pine cone" shape during a palm braiding class at the Ferdinand Library on Monday evening. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Ashley Boeglin, left, looked at the palm braiding progress being made by Becky Fleck and Jodi Gogel, right, all of Ferdinand, during a palm braiding session Monday evening at the Ferdinand Branch Library. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Becky Fleck, left, showed her palm braiding to Jodi Gogel both of Ferdinand during the class at the Ferdinand Library on Monday evening. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Karen Nordhoff of Jasper looked at the crosses and her other creations during a palm braiding session Monday evening at the Ferdinand Branch Library. Heather Rousseau/The Herald