It “IS” a great day(s) in the City of Lorain!!!

July 5, 2009 at 11:08 am 11 comments



by Loraine Ritchey thatwb@yahoo.com

The water was blue, the sky was blue , clouds puffy and white sailed overhead and the sun shone- I would like to wax lyrical but I am just smiling from ear to ear and not , for once, thinking.


Friday and Saturday morning found people stopping by at the 2nd street project with water jugs, plants, bushes and shovels – some I expected some I didn’t- I love pleasant surprises!!!!

What a terrific two mornings -the children of Lorain who came over to help – little hands making light work of planting and watering and joining those of us with the bad backs and character lines.

July the 11th at 9:00 am. will find more “volunteers” at 2nd street and Oberlin Avenue- last morning for photo’s ( shhhhh a surprise) So if you would like to come and join us bring a perennial plant or ground cover that is sun and drought tolerant and something to dig with .
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Did I mention K- Cream corner is just across the way – after all that hard work you will deserve an ice cream .
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  • 1. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  July 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Loraine . . . last night, my sister, mom, niece and a friend walked to K-Cream for an ice cream cone and then we walked to the 2nd Street project. Lots of wildlife were enjoying the cooler evening and all looks great.

    As a “duh” moment . . . my sister loves to take photos. We should have had her there yesterday morning. But, there’s an FYI for whenever you need a back-up photog.

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 5, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    It will be kind of neat with the benches so people can sit a spell and enjoy the lake breezes and the puckwudgets
    “No one begrudges the litte puckwudgets a pocketful of apples and a handful of nuts…….”

    the rabbits were playing this morning and the puckwudgets.. lots of bummbly bees and butterflies this morning …..the flowers and scent are starting to attract hem … I told the neighbors make sure you give the puckwudgets extra apples etc to keep them from the plants :)

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    and DUH why didn’t I think of that …. as you can see my back up photographer was more interested in yakking..and they say I am the yakky one ! Still at least he doesn’t point the camera backwards and take the wrong views……

  • 4. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  July 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I’m also thinking that the gardens, once there are benches, would be a great place to sit and write . . .

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 5, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Ah see that green space is already inspiring more art! I was toying with the idea of the far corner ( have to wait and see when the fence goes in ) of a spring bulbs and wildflowers – no maintenance required there …….I have been tossing around the idea in my head of an National Wildlife Federation Garden

    http://www.nwf.org/index.cfm

    I think we already have half of the requirements for the urban habitat all I see that we are missing is water …. hmmmmmm

    http://www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife/create.cfm

  • 6. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  July 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Until you get the water thing figured out, at least we’ll all be in sight of a huge body of water!

    You knowwhat else I can envision? A group of people with sketch pads, drawing what they see in and from the green space . . . a small group of people reading poetry to one another there or doing short writing exercises there together.

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I like that vision and since we have plenty of talented artists in all art forms living in and around Charleston Village could happen – lets hope so – hmmmm they might need somewhere close to purchase the tools of the trade hmmmmmmmm — then there is the work where you live program for artists hmmmmmm

  • 8. Loraine Riitchey  |  July 6, 2009 at 11:28 am

    We have had people stopping by ( especially yesterday when we were watering) a gemtleman from 6th street who had been sent by his son from North Carolina ” Hey Dad have you seen the carvings”- he knew nothing about them so he and his friend from Amherst stopped by – a lady from California and another from Arizona couples with a drive by of two senior ladies from Florida …. and also local people were coming by and taking pictures and wanting to know what was happening…. it was a good feeling to be be postive about something and to share…. Loraine

  • 9. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  July 6, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    How many states, do you think, have had people visit the carvings so far (at least the people that you’ve met/heard about)?

  • 10. Loraine Riitchey  |  July 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    It is hard to tell I know the neighbors are telling me that people are stiopping over there and having the photographs taken with Captain especially and the Lighthouse…… I think a lot this weekend were coming back to visit relatives. I know of Rhode Island and Ontario and Michigan so far added to Sunday’s list…
    There is a lot of traffic along that corner with boats and fisherman … Loraine

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