To the Editor:
Thanks go to so many gardeners, friends and local merchants for all the good will and hard work that went into our 4th Annual Art Walk “Scarecrows in the Garden” and “Quilt Raffle” fundraiser at the Chelsea Community Garden. A few special shout outs must go to:
Groundskeepers Joe Reese and Enesa for their hard work the weeks prior to get the garden looking so lovely.
Maureen for her gorgeous entranceway.
Angela for donating her beautiful quilt.
Ida for volunteering to MC the raffle pulling on Sunday.
Melissa Shook for taking photos (www.facebook.com/chelseacommunitygardens”Check out Facebook) and donating her marvelous blobs for our fundraiser.
Alison and Daniel for donating house plants to the fundraiser.
Enesa and her daughter Mirela, Evelyn and Manny’s daughter, niece and friends for potting up marigolds and strawberries for the fundraiser.
Evelyn for her handcrafted jewelry raffle prizes.
Judy Komarow and her high school senior year artists for exhibiting the bird houses and donating them to our fundraiser.
Marianne Ramos for exhibiting her flying fish and donating them to our fundaraiser.
Marianne, Melissa and the Senior Center artists- Enesa and Joe Reese for the beautiful Girl Scout Pumpkin-head patch.
Joe Fuchs, master salesman for his arms length selling technique, unbelievable!
Our treasurer Eliza, for managing the coffee cans – we set a record. $831.31. Yes, indeed, we managed it! Let’s go build a shade shelter! Thank you everyone.
Bob Kowalik, our Master Urban Gardener for volunteering as “the Doctor is In.”
Hilary Parasmo from DCR for her info table on the city’s Tree Initiative.
And all our guest scarecrow artists: Helen and her pirate (Helen’s 95!), Jennifer K and her friend and their dandelions, Margaret Lewis and her pumpkin spice, Marianne’s flying fish, Chelsea High student’s bird houses, and Chelsea Senior Center paper mache heads.
Of course, all our gardeners who took the time to build a scarecrow for the exhibit.
Sal Mancini for making our wooden fruit medallions.
Of course, all our gardeners who came to the garden for our “painting party” and created 15 fun medallions to show off our fruit areas.
Arnie Casavant for donating his time to teach the “Year of the Fruit” drawing workshop.
Eliza and Shawn – point people for the drawing workshop.
Maren Olsen, Chelsea High for donating materials for the workshop
Bea Cravatta and Melanie Torres – Chelsea Community Schools
Rob and Linda for making the day of tributes a meaningful remembrance for all.
Manny for his baking his wonderful cookies, year in and year out!
Liberty Mutual service volunteers who came down in May to begin the garden spruce up.
ROCA youth for their fun paper cup arrow signs directing the way along the alley.
All the gardeners who stepped up to set up and clean up both days, sell raffle tickets and act as ambassadors to our Art Walk guests. A big effort, and done well. Many, many thanks.
Joe Greene and Charcoll for organizing the Art Walk and the opportunity for this garden magic
And our local merchants for their generosity. Please patronize them and thank them!
•Compare Supermarkets, Chelsea
•Shaw’s Supermarkets, East Boston
•Trader Joe’s Supermarkets, Saugus
•Demoulas Market Basket
•Stop and Shop Supermarkets, Everett
•Kayem Foods, Chelsea
•Dunkin’ Donuts, Everett Avenue, Chelsea
•Ricky’s Flower Market, Somerville
•Mahoney’s Garden Center, Winchester
•Kirshon Paints, Chelsea
•Coprico Printing, Chelsea
•Broadway Jewelers, Chelsea
•Utrecht Art Supply
•D’Arrigo Brothers, Chelsea
•Yell-O-Glow Bananas, Everett
•Home Depot, Chelsea
•Barrett Tree East, Cambridge
•Au Bon Pain, Cambridge
•Cumar Marble and Granite, Everett
Chelsea Community Garden