After I agreed to teach a journalism class again next fall
at University of Albany, I vowed to take on fewer extra-curricular activities.
Then Lyn Whaley called.
“Stacie will co-chair if you co-chair,” said the incoming
president of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County.
She was talking about the group’s 2013 Secret Gardens Tour,
for which work begins now. She made the same pitch, in reverse, to Stacie
First of all, the Secret Gardens Tour raises several
thousand dollars for terrific programs and projects, including Domestic
Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. And people seem to really
enjoy the event.
Second of all, I am proof that you can be a lousy gardener
but a successful garden tour organizer. This will give me more excuses for not
weeding – or planting anything, for that matter. How long can I leave a bad of
dirt in my yard and still make people think I am about to plant something?
Third, I dare you to say no to Lyn Whaley. I can’t. She does
so much, how can I claim to be too busy? A longtime fixture in the Saratoga
Springs school system, for years she provided The Saratogian with promising
interns from the high school. And for years I’ve been a customer at her family dry
cleaning business, Cudney’s. Besides, it was I who asked her to be a
Soroptimist a while back.
Fourth, I will enjoy working with Stacie, whom you may know
from Home Made Theater. We had a pre-meeting meeting earlier this week, and
with an active committee and assistance from garden tour veterans, it will be
another great year.
A great tour depends on great gardens, of course. So if you
have any suggestions for gardens for next July’s 19th annual tour,
and any feedback from this or prior years on the tour, drop me a line.
Labels: Domestic Violence, DVRC, Home Made Theater, Secret Gardens Tour, Soroptimist