by Alexandra Muto
The Historic Trinity Committee will present its final garden tour this upcoming Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The tour costs $15 after Thursday, July 12, and at the door.
Attendees will be greeted with shopping and activity at the Historic Chapel of the Trinity Church. Ticket buyers can either pick up their tour booklet, which was designed by committee member Ginger Mason, or purchase one. Then will then be greeted with cookies and lemonade and a variety of table sales, including EH Enterprises Nursery's plant sale, a RADA cutlery sale from the United Methodist Church's women and an "odds and ends table" with different gardening tools, pots, and guides.
Martha Martin, a member of the Historic Trinity Committee, says that viewers will marvel at a variety of stunning gardens "from West River to the East River and in between." She states that the tour is composed of seven different Island gardens, including "one garden with an English garden design" and a stop at Serene Gardens on Grand Island Boulevard. Serene Gardens, a new café and garden center on the Island, will "offer demonstrations and offer those with tickets a free cup of tea."
All proceeds will benefit the continued renovation of Historic Trinity Church's Historic Chapel. The chapel is the prior center of worship for Trinity churchgoers. It was constructed in 1907 after fires destroyed the congregation's previous buildings. Martin explains, "Since the newest building (for worship) was constructed in 1965, this building was used for Sunday schools, a gym, and other public uses ... When (the town) was going to destroy the building in the 1990s, the committee decided to save it." The event's proceeds will support current renovations.
Although the festival approaches its final year, Martin is optimistic that future activities will promote the town's gardens and the chapel. The event is ending after this year because the committee has gotten smaller, and members are "unable to carry on with the project." However, Martin believes future events will work to maintain both the historic chapel and local gardens: "All good things come to an end, but there is always something better developing in the future!" For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Martin at 773-4946, Sharon at 773-2421- or Nancy at 773-4948.