In times like these, when folks are stretching every dollar to maintain a certain quality of life, it is particularly hard for non-profits and community service groups to raise funds for ongoing projects.
The SAGE Garden Club and the Spafford Area Historical Society has collaborated successfully this past year.
SAGE sponsored a garden tour in July 2010, featuring the gardens of six members and Susanne Hopkins, who is a member of both groups, solicited donations from vendors such as seed and plant suppliers, as well as gardening magazines, etc. for donations toward a raffle.
The tickets were sold on the tour and the proceeds benefited the historical society.
SAGE was able to make a $500 donation to the restoration fund for Borodino Hall.
The donation came from the proceeds of the garden tour.
SAGE also conducted a workshop in December where members created beautiful holiday centerpieces that adorned the tables at the annual holiday potluck for the community organized by the Historical Society.
Borodino Hall was beautifully decorated and provided a festive backdrop for the gathering and the centerpieces were offered to members and guests for a donation.
This year SAGE is planning a garden at the Sidehill Schoolhouse. We are in the planning phase right now and will be installing plants in April and May. Heritage plants common in country gardens will be featured as well as herbs.
Club members will be donating plants from their gardens and writing up descriptive notes on the historic features and uses of the plants to be compiled in a notebook to be made available to the public visiting the schoolhouse.
The one-room schoolhouse is located at the corner of Stanton and Willowdale roads, and represents the restoration efforts of the historical society.
It is visited by area school children in May and June to provide them with a trip back in time to the days when children walked or rode in a wagon to school.