Recap: Last night’s vision:Toledo Arts, Rec and Events meeting reports included:
Library - reported $300+ netted from book sale (supports library), Reptile Man visit last week drew a capacity crowd, and remaining two Summer Reading Program Wednesdays (including today) look to make it a great overall success.
Historical Society - no report, no meeting until September. Work continues behind the scenes.
TES Garden Initiative - weeding, harvesting underway through the summer. Deer ate tomato plants and a few other things, garden hoses filling the need until a watering system is selected. Selecting and installing an effective deer fence is top priority. Note: TES Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) oversees the TES Garden Initiative. Although assistance from Master Gardener Bob Taylor and members of vision:Toledo’s Common Ground Gardening Community plus other volunteers is noted and appreciated, including posts seeking helping hands for various projects on other Facebook pages, it is not affiliated with any other community garden organization.
Common Ground Gardening Community - Gary Whiteside reports CGGC is currently caring for 14 planters, down from original 20 planters. Some of the original units around town were damaged beyond repair, others seem to have gone missing. Plans to replace them are being considered.
Gospodor Plaza planters need replacement, according to Tonya Lovell of Riverside Food Mart and Deli, with a suggestion to incorporate a bench into any replacement structure. Gary asked Michelle Whitten about upgrading the planter at City Hall. She thought Toledo’s Great Outdoor theme would be great.
Daughters of the Revolution were referred by Michelle to CGGC to coordinate the August 8 date scheduled (10 a.m.) for incorporating a garden area around monument. Volunteers being accepted for this project now.
Wine and Cheese - reported their "best year yet" despite fewer participating wineries. Gallery 505 and Richardson Construction donated the beer, Starts With A Bang the enormously popular mac-n-cheese food and supplies, and featured creameries donating the cheese. Dragonfly Chocolates donated 15% of their sales to vision:Toledo.
Steamboat Alley - $100 donation from Final Vinyl Record Company via Toledo Historical Society’s Don Brenner was gratefully acknowledged toward continuing progress on Steamboat Alley.
Pam McEachern of Toledo’s Historical Society received old news clippings on Albert Kletch who did his thesis in the 1960’s on the history of steamboats on the Cowlitz in chapters. These could add to the historical connection and charm of Steamboat Alley.
Walk in the Park - (WitP) T-shirts will be available to walkers registered before September 7. Sponsor list will be noted on the back of the T-shirts, a few spots still available. Raffle prizes include featured Walk in the Park - Blue Lagoon quilt, awards for various categories TBA. Event begins 10 a.m. September 24.
Steelhead Fishing Derby - no report
Bluegrass Festival - General Cothren passed out flyers and highlighted the musicians headlining this year’s event, noting that violinist Annie Staninec of the group John Kael and Annie Staninec and Whiskey Deaf will fly up for Friday night only from Las Vegas where she is slated to perform with Rod Stewart at Caesar’s Palace.
Threshing Bee and Gas Show - no report
Veterans Day Parade, Christmas Lights in the City Park, and other upcoming events were discussed briefly.
Next meeting: 6:30 p.m. August 23 at Morgan Arts Centre.
Today: Cowlitz Prairie Grange 6:30 p.m. meeting is a potluck second Wednesdays, cake-and-ice-cream affair fourth Wednesdays. Getting in gear for the 52nd Gas Show and Threshing Bee August 26-28. Grange Hall at 5180 Jackson Highway. Contact Sandy Bickar, (360)864-2601.
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