Thursday, July 10, 2003
Nothing Hidden About Westport Historical Societys Latest Garden Effort
ThereҒs nothing hidden about the Westport Historical Societys (WHS) latest garden effort Җ its right out there for all to see as part of fund-raising for its new addition.
To help pay for the $1 million project, the group, whose events include the popular annual hidden gardens tour, is soliciting donations for a mural depicting a tree with leaves and apples.
The work, hand-painted by Westport artist Katherine Ross, will occupy a prominent place in the new addition, which is nearing completion (see WestportNow July 7, 2003).
Donors can buy a leaf or apple on which to list their family name, or individualsҒ names, and the year they arrived in Westport.
The mural has space for 1,000 leaves and 50 apples. The apples are $500 for WHS members and $550 for non-members (which includes a one-year family WHS membership.)
Leaves are $100 for WHS members and $125 for non-members (which includes a one-year individual WHS membership, with any additional leaves $100 each.)
Wally Woods, who recently took over as WHS president, told WestportNow, I was surprised that apples are selling more briskly than leaves.Ӕ
Pointing to a fast-approaching July 31 deadline, Woods added: We don’t want this tree to be bursting with apples and only showing a few wispy leaves.Ӕ
He said those interested in adding to the tree can pick up a brochure at WHS, or at the oral history booth at this weekends Festival Italiano, or at the WHS table at the this weekendҒs Downtown Merchants’ Sidewalk Sale.
The brochure will also be available at a booth during the art fair and library book sale next weekend.