After a spot-on call to exercise our first Rain Date, the Friends of Marshall Square Park held a very successful Fall Garden Party on Sunday, September 23. Our Treasurer, Linda Scott, thinks this fundraiser for restoring our fountain set a record on gross receipts.
For the first time, this fundraiser was also a block party; the hosts arranged with the Borough to close Matlack Street between Virginia Avenue and Elizabeth Street.
Chaddsford Winery served complementary wine from the front garden of Ronnie Balassone and Dr. Kirby Tirk while across the street, Victory Brewing Company offered beer at Betsy and Gordon Woodrow’s front wall. Food tables stretched across the street filled with tables topped with white cloths and candles.
As the group gathered, greetings rang out and talk and laughter filled the street under the tall trees as twilight approached. In the gathering dusk, we started to notice the luminaries and twinkling lights among the trees. Nikolay Gavlishin, a WCU music student, played classical guitar softly in the background as neighbor talked with neighbor.
As darkness descended, a bonfire was lit. And, too soon, it was time to call it a night—to fold up the tables and say goodnight to all.
Until our next gathering—the eagerly-awaited Progressive Dinner, which falls on Groundhog Day, February 2, 2013—please consider donating a little something to help us raise the funds needed to restore and reinstall our fabulous Victorian fountain email for donating instructions.
Jim Salvas (aka camerajim)