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Lorenzo readies for busy summer season

Annual Garden Gala, Car and Art shows, Shakespeare events this summer

Friends of Lorenzo trustees Lisa Brownback, left, Leanne Burrell and Suzanne Phillips sort and arrange fresh-cut flowers in preparation for the 2011 Garden Gala, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Lorenzo State Historic Site.

Friends of Lorenzo trustees Lisa Brownback, left, Leanne Burrell and Suzanne Phillips sort and arrange fresh-cut flowers in preparation for the 2011 Garden Gala, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Lorenzo State Historic Site. Barbara Bartlett

— Since 1983, The Friends of Lorenzo have undertaken the restoration of the formal Ellen Shipman garden at Lorenzo. In celebration of the garden’s splendor each spring, The Friends host an annual Garden Gala to raise awareness of the historic landscape at Lorenzo and raise funds in support of their efforts.

This year’s event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 15 and will feature light hors d’oeuvres and wine. Guests will have the opportunity to win a number of horticulture-themed services and items including an intimate dinner for eight in the garden at Lorenzo; a flower arranging class for four followed by a tea; a lavishly-decorated table for eight; professional photography of one’s home garden; taking home seasonal plantings; and winning a formal centerpiece. For more information about tickets to this year’s Garden Gala, contact Suzanne Phillips at 655-0607.

Rounding out the Father’s Day weekend, the annual EuroCar Show, sponsored by the MG Car Club of CNY from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Dark Aisle Garden Art Show, sponsored by Cazenovia Arts from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be featured on Sunday, June 17.

Both events, featuring European-manufactured autos from pre-war to the present, and paintings and sculpture presented in the arboretum at Lorenzo, are free and open to the public.

Topping off June — and new to Lorenzo — all are invited to bring picnic baskets and lawn chairs to enjoy a free production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 7 p.m. on the front lawn on Thursday, June 21. This Shakespearean classic, re-imagined as professional actors weave music, movement and text in and out of a Native American Drum Circle, will be presented by Red House Arts Center. In the case of rain, the performance will be hosted by Cazenovia College.

For more information on these Lorenzo and Friends of Lorenzo-sponsored spring programs and upcoming summer events, including summer day camp for ages 8 to 11 at the Rippleton Schoolhouse, Monday, July 30 through Friday, Aug. 3, call Diane Voss at 655-3200.

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