Spring has definitely arrived; the garden at Chatham is awash in color as all the blulbs so carefully planted last fall are blooming. It will be a beautiful backdrop for the Artisans, Art and History at Chatham event we are hosting with the Park Service on April 8th. Carolyn Van Der Jagt and Cathy Walker and their committee have been working on this event since last summer and have spent countless hours in preparation for the event. I hope that all of you will be able to come to Chatham that day and share in the festivities. As part of this event, the Fitzhugh Sampler is on display in the house.
Friends of Chatham is once again the recipient of a Duff McDuff, Jr. Grant through the Community Fund. This grant money will be used to repair the Pan Temple. Please stay tuned for more information about how you can help support this project. Many thanks to Patsy Thompson, Nancy Fahy and June Woditsch for preparing the grant application.
Continuing thanks go to Carol Hyland, the Garden Committee and all of the Wednesday volunteers who work to keep the gardens so beautifully maintained. The gardens draw many new visitors to Chatham each season. They are also working on some exciting new ideas for the garden which will be shared as the planning moves forward.
Our membership continues to grow for which we are grateful. The Membership Committee recently had a table at the Women’s Forum. It was good exposure for the Friends. Thank you Beth Daly and Anne Underwood for helping Carol Hyland that day. Also thank you to Carol Hyland, Nancy Fahy and June Woditsch for the beautiful display board we now have that visually shows what Friends of Chatham has accomplished in recent time.
In the coming months, there will be many opportunities to volunteer for upcoming events. Patsy Thompson is working on a major fundraising event for the fall and is forming a committee to get that event organized. Our Annual Meeting will be held in June and we will be looking for volunteers to serve on the nominating committee for the 2018-20 election of officers.
Thank you for your continued support of the Friends of Chatham.