Hun­dreds at­tend Pla­cen­tia gar­den party

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

The Town of Pla­cen­tia is sec­ond to none when it comes to com­mu­nity sup­port, which was ob­vi­ous from the par­tic­i­pa­tion in the an­nual gar­den party Sun­day, July 13.

For the third con­sec­u­tive year, the town of some 4,000 people hosted the event in aid of Sa­cred Heart Church, which has been un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions.

The sec­tion of Pat­ter­son Drive from Ju­bilee Road to Church Road, known lo­cally as the town square, was closed to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic. Hun­dreds of lo­cals and vis­i­tors made their way to the front of the Arts Cen­tre, where sev­eral spin­ning wheel booths were set up.

Face paint­ing was of­fered to chil­dren, as well as a bouncy cas­tle. A bar­be­cue took place be­tween the Arts Cen­tre and the Cul­tural In­ter­pre­ta­tion Build­ing.

Through­out the en­tire two-hour event, more than 400 people stopped in. Many of the vol­un­teers told The Com­pass the event was a suc­cess.

These are some high­lights of the event.

The gar­den party wasn’t just about the ac­tiv­i­ties and games, it was also about the food and snacks. Emma Leonard, Max Power and Han­nah Leonard were ex­cited to get some freezees to cool off and take a break dur­ing the busy day in Pla­cen­tia. The three call Fresh­wa­ter home.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk- ins/The Com­pass

Wil­liam Ryan from Pla­cen­tia is two years old, but he was still old enough to en­joy the gar­den party in his home­town of Pla­cen­tia July 13. Wil­liam was one of the first chil­dren to have his face painted at the event, and was all smiles af­ter. His mom Joanne helped push him around from sec­tion to sec­tion, booth to booth at the town square. His bike even had a built-in shade maker.

A group of young ladies were so ex­cited to have a turn on the bouncy cas­tle set up at the town square in Pla­cen­tia July 13. They are, front — Sophie Roberts, age 4; back (l-r) — Ava

Lambe, 5, Sarah McGrath, 5, Claire McGrath, 2, and Han

nah Roberts, 6. The girls are all from Pla

cen­tia.

Pla­cen­tia res­i­dent Brid­get Fo­ley (left) ex­changes a prize at the gar­den party af­ter win­ning a big prize at one of the wheel games. Laura Lan­non, a vol­un­teer at the event, helped Fo­ley pick some­thing more suit­able.

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