Gallia County garden clubs conduct fall meeting

GALLIPOLIS — Katie Shoemaker, coordinator, presided at the fall county garden club meeting Oct. 17 at Holzer Senior Care Center.

The regional director of Ohio Association of Garden Clubs was unable to attend due to illness. Cheshire had devotions and Katie updated everyone on upcoming events, including OAGC’s regional meeting in Belpre. Nancy Skaggs, county treasurer, reminded clubs that it’s time to pay county dues.

Suzy Williams, of the Gallipolis Garden Club, presented the evening program. She acknowledged that people like to go far distances for vacations and to see natural beauty. She encouraged people to look around and stay in their own hometown.

She discussed activities that went on in Gallia County and especially in Gallipolis and at the city park. She gave a history of the Kerr Fountain, the Doughboy statue and bandstand, and told of different activities that take place in the park.

She gave tribute to the Gallipolis in Bloom committee for the flowers planted and maintained by the committee and encouraged all to see the lights at Christmas time in the park known as Gallipolis in Lights.

She then discussed activities in Vinton, O.O. McIntyre Park and Rio Grande, including the Bob Evans Farm Festival. She closed the program by showing a detailed and historic DVD on Hocking Hills in Vinton County. Scenes of waterfalls, hiking trails, forest, trees, wild flowers and programs that the lodge has for family fun.

Floral Friends had a table of decorations and refreshments; and Open Gate had door prizes.

— Submitted by Maxie Ann Oliver