Greetings from the eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula! What a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life and bask in the beauty of pristine blue waters…which brings to mind “Sky Blossoms,” recently installed just in time for the Republican National Convention. Sky Blossoms celebrates the 100th anniversary of Shaker Lakes Garden Club and serves as a major landmark and public space in downtown Cleveland. We should be extremely proud of our generous gift of $100,000 which made this public art installation possible. Sky Blossoms was designed by Stacy Levy, nationally recognized Pennsylvania artist. Please be sure to mark your calendars to celebrate our 100th Anniversary Celebration and Sky Blossoms viewing on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 pm at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Leslie Marting, Ann Whitney and Anne Ginn have been hard at work planning this event.
The Perennial Centennial Flower Show was a huge hit! Many thanks to our Co-Chairs, Beth Boles and Carolyn Barr for tirelessly spearheading this fabulous event, along with the myriad members who put in countless hours creating such a lovely and memorable show. It was an enormous undertaking and the creative entries from our members, along with members of other clubs, were incredible. Our annual Club Awards were presented that evening which can be found on the website. A huge thank you to Linda Paine for her generous gift of underwriting the first two years of a storage facility in Willoughby, to store items used in the flower show for future shows.
Many thanks to the Provisionals for the wonderful Provisional Tea on July 12, and to Margaret Ransohoff for hosting the tea at her lovely home in Shaker Heights. Eight talented new Provisionals were welcomed and are listed on the website. We wish them a very warm welcome and look forward to their involvement in our club.
Lastly, many thanks to Dozie Herbruck and her Communications Committee consisting of Barbara Bergsten, Jennifer Moeller, Joan Holmes and Robin Schachat. These ladies have done an incredible job of redesigning our website by making it more interactive, informative and importantly… green! As mentioned in the past few meetings, members will no longer receive hard copies of the newsletter as club news will be posted on the website. Members will receive a summary version via MailChimp. Those without access to email will still receive a hard copy version.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer, enjoying time with your families and digging in your gardens.