I went to a garden party to reminisce with old friends

I went to a garden party to reminisce with old friends

I went to a garden party, reminisced with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again

---- Ricky Nelson, singer

On August 14, a number of friends of the Hampton-Piggs Peak Partnership gathered for a garden party at the home of Marje and Bev Harrison. The day was sunny, the gardens were lovely, the refreshments were, well, refreshing, and the songs were beautifully played by Peter Cho; Margie Christ; Emily Fox; and Lydia Mainville. These four extremely talented members of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra made the event a memorable one for everyone who attended. We are extremely grateful for their generosity in donating their time and talents to this fundraiser for the projects we are supporting in Piggs Peak, Swaziland.

On behalf of the Partnership, I would also like to thank all those who worked at the event and helped to make it so enjoyable for the guests. Thanks to Travis Allaby; Fidelis Asiago; Billy Carter; Marjorie Dickinson; Ann Hadfield; Edward Hakisimana; Margaret McCully; Carol and Bill Sutton; and Brad Trecartin. A special thank you to Marje and Bev who obviously went to a lot of work in preparing their home for this event. They were the maestros in orchestrating this affair and they deserve a great deal of credit for making it a successful day.

It was a busy weekend as, on the previous day, we raised $546.40 at the town-wide yard sale. Like the garden party, 100 percent of these funds will go toward our projects that are helping reduce the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. We have a very dedicated group of people who work very hard in pursuing our mission. We are aware of the terrible state of affairs in Piggs Peak and the gratification we receive is in knowing our efforts are helping alleviate this situation. As a supporter of our efforts, I hope you enjoy the same gratification.

If you would like to become a Starfish sponsor or make a financial contribution, you can visit our website www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca . You can also support the Partnership by buying a ticket to win the “Art for Africa” mosaic, an inspired effort by Hampton artists George Fry; Fred Harrison; Kathy and Sue Hooper; Pat Mercer; Helga Lobb; Ed Coleman; and Amy Ash to raise funds to help our neighbours in Piggs Peak. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50 and can be available by contacting me, Mark Bettle, at 832-0003. Also keep an eye out for upcoming Partnership events where these tickets will be sold.

I went to a garden party to reminisce with old friends