A dedication ceremony for the Roachdale Community Garden is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, and the public is invited to join the celebration.
The Roachdale Community Garden organization and the community will recognize those who have helped develop the garden during the past year through generous community donations and fundraising efforts.
The Roachdale Community Garden was a project initiated in memory of Bob Allen, lifetime-time resident and business man in Roachdale for more than 50 years. The development of a Roachdale community garden was facilitated by community citizens in an effort to create a beautiful landscaped garden behind the Roachdale library on Meridian street.
The Friday night event will consist of a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony along with a few presentations with cake and beverages being served immediately after the dedication of the darden. There will also be a DJ, starting at 7 p.m., with an old fashion street dance until 10 p.m. The VFW will be serving fish sandwiches starting at 5 p.m.
Those attending should bring lawn chairs or comfortable seating.
The development of the Roachdale Community Garden has served as:
* A location for the Roachdale library patrons and community to rest, relax, and socialize while in Roachdale.
* An area where business people and the community can take lunch breaks or just relax.
* A mechanism for family, friends, or neighbors to donate a tree, bench, or an engraved brick in honor or memory of a loved one or in celebration of an event.
* An opportunity for townspeople to collaborate and work together on a community project that benefits the town, citizens, and children of the community.
* A project to beautify the town of Roachdale by providing a natural area with trees, flowers, shrubs, and other components.
More than $32,000 dollars have been raised throughout the year to make the garden possible. The garden consists of a brick walk of life and celebration, where engraved bricks have been placed in honor of family members, special townspeople, and in celebration of individuals and special events. In addition, the garden area provides seating on five different benches and a picnic table for patrons coming to the visit the garden. There are a variety of shrubs, trees, perennials, and flowering plants with in the garden.
Organizers note that without the dedication of the Roachdale Community Garden Board and the community citizens, this would not have been possible. The organization is a non-profit 501-C3 under the direction of the Putnam County Community Foundation.
The organizers also appreciate the support of the Roachdale Library Board for having the vision and providing approval to make the project a reality.
For more information about the garden, the dedication celebration, or how to provide a contribution to the garden, contact Pat Allen in Roachdale at Allen's Appliances and Videos at 522-1381, or contact Penny Long at 246-6419 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.