An­nual rock light­ing event at The Gar­den set for Sun­day, Oct. 1

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Brandi Owczarz

For the past nine years, the can­dle light­ing at The Gar­den, a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion lo­cated at 1411 Rome Road be­hind the Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church in Cal­houn, has fas­ci­nated hun­dreds of peo­ple look­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the “peace­ful, heal­ing place to meet with God and other peo­ple.” Vis­i­tors call the an­nual light­ing “quite mag­i­cal” and “peace­ful.”

It’s that time again of year again, and it’s only once a year that the an­nual light­ing takes place. Sur­rounded by hand built stone cas­tles, beau­ti­ful fo­liage and a stream, The Gar­den will be lit dur­ing the an­nual event this Sun­day, Oct. 1, be­gin­ning at 7:10 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers, at least 300 vis­i­tors each year visit the an­nual light­ing. Hun­dreds of can­dles will be pro­vided at the cer­e­mony to place along the path­ways and in the minia­ture stone build­ings in The Gar­den.

The Gar­den, which is owned by the Cal­houn Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church, be­gan af­ter or­ga­nizer “Old Dog” Boyd first moved to Cal­houn and be­gan at­tend­ing the church; he talked to a groundskeeper and asked to make the gar­den, which he has worked on since. Boyd, an artist by trade, said he gave him­self the name Old Dog be­cause an old dog is as de­voted to his mas­ter as he is to God.

The folk art rock vil­lage cov­ers an acre, in­clud­ing 50 minia­ture rock build­ings, flow­ers and green­ery. The struc­tures are all hand crafted from tiny stones, peb­bles, shells, odd pieces of bro­ken glass and china, rocks, ce­ramic tile and ce­ment. There are minia­ture-sized churches, houses, cas­tles, a monastery and a build­ing mod­eled af­ter the Notre Dame cathe­dral in Paris, France, with stained-glass win­dows.

The fam­ily-friendly event is free to the pub­lic. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 706-2631937.

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