We have had a long and cold winter. Very long for some of us. The best thing about Spring is how quickly it arrives, but sadly the worst is how fast it disappears. The park has a usual flood in early Spring, but it quickly soaks back in and the flowers bloom. We are past that point now and from the Magnolias to the Dogwoods, the Rhododendrons to the "Forget-Me-Nots", everything comes up quickly and beautiful here in Harrybrooke.
Spring also brings "Who Are You Carrying?" on the day before Memorial Day. This event is one to participate in, and certainly to be a spectator for. Each team completes 2,500 reps of our "Hero's workout" in memory of Jason D. Lewis. Jason's Mom (A Gold Star Mom) and his family will be on hand as well. The ceremony of the day opens with our welcoming of "Old Glory" to the park for the season. This year we have received a new American Flag donated by our local Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This will be raised by local veterans in honor of all who have given their lives for our great nation. The teams are as large or as small as people would like as the complete the workouts in memory of someone they carry in their hearts with their names on their back. It's a moving event, sure to bring tears and wonderful memories. As a spectator or participant, you do not want to miss this event.
This Spring also brings repair and new things to Harrybrooke. You will see the roofs of the caretaker's cottage AND the barn being replaced. For the barn, this is the first time this has ever been done since it was built in 1943. This is only possible thanks to the love, affection and giving of our great community. We will be working on many new projects at once to beautify and repair. We ask your forgiveness for our mess and noise at times but it's all for the betterment of your park.
Finally, we are looking to begin "Phase 2" of the memorial brick walkway at the close of Spring. This is your last chance to get your brick that will be placed in the gated garden. Click the link here to order yours today:
Thank you. Spring isn't the same without seeing our friends return for a walk or a jog, to see the kids learning to ride their bikes and to see ALL of our friends returning to take it all in. Thank you all so very much for supporting the park in so many ways.
The blogs are written by our park Executive Director, Billy Buckbee. Some call him Mo but he's the guy with the beard you see around the park.