Remember Christmas, and the Festival of Trees put on by the Villages Beautiful Committee? Well, winter is probably mostly over now, and the committee would like again to say thank you to all who submitted entries, volunteered , and came and bought tickets and donated to Villages Beautiful and to the Food Bank. It was a very successful event this past year, as we celebrated Canada and the Christmas season. If you are already thinking about next winter, the dates will the December 6 , 7, and 8 and the theme is Christmas Stories
Right now, however, we want to give you a preview of what we will be doing this summer. The proceeds from the Festival of Trees are divided between the villages that have representatives on the committee, and in past years the money has been used for barrels, benches, flags, trees, flowers in planters, flower beds, herbs, sod, soil, and mulch for the plantings. Volunteers spend a lot of time and energy throughout the spring and summer, planting and maintaining the flowers, trimming and weeding, replacing damaged or (alas) stolen plants, as well as trying to come up with new creative ideas to beautify our communities.
New volunteers are eagerly welcomed for both large and small tasks, and there is real satisfaction in walking or driving by “your” flowers, and seeing how they make our villages more attractive and welcoming. This year, we need a co-ordinator for the Sharbot Lake herb garden, and a representative to the committee from the village of Crow Lake. And, as always, people who enjoying getting hands in the dirt and/or people with mowing or weed-whacking equipment.... If you want to get involved, you can contact Doris Campsall (613-375-08174), Sally Angle (613-279-2777), or Sarah Hale (613-335-2073). Come out and join the fun!