2017-02-17 / Community

SOCIALLY SPEAKING

The Camellia Show
With ATHENA

The snow was appreciated by all of the children in Garden City as the schools were closed and the making of snow men and snow balls was possible. As far as the children were concerned, this was heaven and they took full advantage of it. The adults were also happy as we have a good reputation for getting our roads cleared very quickly. Our parking lots by the stores meant it was possible to get your shopping done and that means a lot also. Let’s all thank the crews of men who made this possible for the benefit of all of us.

We all know that time flies but the Historical Society here in town is entering their 42nd year. They provide us with a look at what the houses were like when Garden City was being built by the Stewart family. The Garden City Historical Society provides many programs in the house for many tastes and they give a scholarship at our High School in memory of the schools of St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s. Do visit their ship on the lower level of the house in the back. Try it and you just might find the perfect gift for yourself or a friend.

Happy birthday wishes go to Irene Christie, who celebrated her special day on the 13th of this month along with her twin brother. Alice Mara did the same on the 14th of February. Pat and Bob Gordon and Maggie and Lou Battista will all be celebrating their wedding anniversaries just about now. Best wishes to one and all.

The folks at the Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead learned a lot about flower arranging this week when they attended a program on this topic. Chances were sold and there was a drawing for all of the arrangements one by one. Since it was held on Valentines Day, it was very appropriate. What a nice idea and a nice way to celebrate the day. The winners were all very happy.

The folks at Clark Gardens will host a talk on Thursday, March 2nd at 1 p.m. on “Let’s Chat About Our Gardens.” Spring is coming up and its getting to be time to think about our gardens. Jim Newman, resident horticulturist, will be on hand to answer questions and he will tell you about their new greenhouse. Mark your calendars to attend. The fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. It will get you thinking about doing something new in your garden.

If you are looking for something to bring Spring into your life, take a trip out to Planting Fields Arboretum. The Camellia Festival will start on Sunday, February 19th, with snow date of February 26th. This year they will be celebrating their Paradise and Chinese New Year on one day. The Camellia Festival is really wonderful to see as it is in one greenhouse and filled with those beautiful camellias. The Mansion will also be open, so it’s a great day no matter what you enjoy seeing. Hours at Coe Hall are 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Greenhouse is open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s enough to put a spring in your step any way you look at it. Actually, I have daffodils coming up since the beginning of the year and they are now four inches high. Guess the snow will give them some new thoughts as they have come to a halt and I do hope they keep it for a while.

I came across a list of how you can tell you are getting older. I will tell you what they are little by little. You can only burn the midnight oil to 9 o’clock.

See you next week.

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