Plant sale a suc­cess thanks to many

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Sandy Wildes, Me­chan­icsville The writer was the chair­man of the 14th An­nual Plant Sale at Sum­merseat Farm Inc.

Our An­nual Plant Sale cus­tomers and vol­un­teers at Sum­merseat Farm in Me­chan­icsville are saints. Af­ter weeks of rain, cold weather, pre­par­ing for the sale in the pour­ing rain with our dedicated vol­un­teers, our cus­tomers “poured” in bright and early on Satur­day morn­ing, May 7, and seemed to en­joy them­selves tremen­dously bask­ing in the sun­shine at our sale. This let­ter is my heart­felt and sin­cere thank you to our beloved and loyal cus­tomers, Sum­merseat vol­un­teers, and friends and rel­a­tives who came to­gether to help pull off yet an­other suc­cess­ful plant sale.

First, a huge thank you goes to our gen­er­ous Plant Sale Spon­sors: A&G Elec­tric, LLC (Dale Abell); Ch­e­sa­peake Pet Re­sort (Su­san Ditch); Cliff’s Heat­ing & Air (Cliff Stathers); Downs Plumb­ing & Sep­tic, Inc. (Chuck Downs); Three Notch Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal (Dr. David Lang­ford); and Print­ing Press (Kerry Klear). These spon­sors are a tremen­dous part of the Plant Sale and we are grate­ful for their loy­alty and help with this huge en­deavor.

Thank you, Louise Moyer, for de­sign­ing our flyer and all of our ad­ver­tis­ers: SoMD News­net; The BayNet.com; The En­ter­prise; Mrs Au­drey Ridgell; County Times; South­ern MD Ra­dio WSMD, WMDM, WKIK; and other web­sites and busi­nesses who posted our event.

Thanks to all who do­nated plants, dug, pot­ted, prepped plants and also do­nated items to sell or use: Bar­bara Dar­bie, who spent an inordinate amount of time at my home nurs­ery, clean­ing and pre­par­ing plants, in good and bad weather; Sandy Wildes; Deb Lewis; Jeanette Kauf­man; John Daye; Nor­bert Abell; Carrie Wildes; Robert Nielsen; Dave Ryan, Larry Stom­mel; Alicia Guen­ther; Paula Shire; Christina Allen; Bobby Spald­ing. Dick Wildes, Danny Green­well, Ray­mond Dixon, John and Maggie Daye, John Lof­tus, Joe Hall, Mike Dar­bie helped be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter the big day. Sum­merseat prep of grass cut­ting, weed whack­ing and land­scape cleanup is thanks to Dick W., Danny G., Bob Felkamp, Rich Fuller, Paula Shire, Billy Guy, as well as Duke Rous­sil­lon for clean­ing out the pond … so beau­ti­ful.

Our cashiers and helpers worked hard keep­ing lines mov­ing: Alicia G. and her crew of Rich F., Stacey Haynes, Jen Combs, and Christina Henry. Our kitchen crew, Carly Lundin, Sylvia and Johnny Welch, Anne Marum, and Grace Fuller took good care of the Court­yard Café with Danny and Nate Baker cook­ing those de­li­cious buffalo burg­ers, and Pam Green­well’s chili topped off the dogs. Kitchen do­na­tions from Alicia G., Tonya Freed, Grace F., Sandy and Dick W., Anne M., Jean Camp­bell, Paula S., Sylvia W., Lora Jar­boe, Dudley Lind­s­ley, Deb L., Frankie Calvert, Ray­mond D. Due to the mud, the house wasn’t open, but many thanks to Jean Camp­bell for giv­ing tours as re­quested. Carrie Wildes and Ray Bowles worked the Wine Bas­ket raf­fle and the win­ner was Bar­bara McCall. Brit­tany Hall manned the new Bling for Spring jew­elry ta­ble mak­ing many sales, in­clud­ing some of her own creations. Bar­bara Dar­bie and grand­daugh­ter, Mika­lyn Un­der­wood, kept the young­sters happy in the Kids Korner with prizes, projects, and plants for the lit­tle ones, and the corn pool where the chil­dren played…there’s some­thing about a swim­ming pool full of shell corn that kids just can’t re­sist. Dudley kept our vis­i­tor tally; Frankie vis­ited with guests and ob­tained many new mem­ber­ships. Dick and Alicia set up the unique, ever pop­u­lar South­west­ern Cor­ner. Alicia made the cute teacup bird feed­ers, and Sandy and Alicia made flower ar­range­ments; Bill Bowles and Mike D. made squir­rel feed­ers and bird houses. Bobby and Louise Snell set up ed­u­ca­tional dis­plays on Raised Bed Gardening and Gardening Ques­tions An­swered, re­spec­tively. Duke, Bernie, and AJ Rous­sil­lon, Deb, Barb Lof­tus, and Elmer and Jen­nifer Stauf­fer worked the grounds, clean­ing plants and dis­plays all day, and an­swer­ing ques­tions.

Driv­ers tak­ing plants and cus­tomers to their cars were Kirk Alexan­der, Mike D., Joe H., Billy Guy, Duke, Rick Wildes, Dick. And thanks to those who lent their own trans­port equip­ment, Ga­tors, etc: Dick Wildes, Rick Wildes, Bobby Spald­ing, Ray Dixon, Mike Dar­bie.

Tonya brought “Lil Bit,” the baby lamb who was a de­light­ful am­bas­sador for Sum­merseat along with Indy, the buffalo. Tonya and Phil Shire were our pho­tog­ra­phers. Our barn crew, Paula, Dave Ryan, Bozena Pait, and Lora made every­one’s day with their farm tours. Beth Walker and her son en­ter­tained with the ever pop­u­lar pet­ting zoo. A spe­cial thank you to Dave Ryan, who made and painted all of our won­der­ful wood signs and cre­ated a beau­ti­ful wood lat­tice dis­play panel. One more very spe­cial thank you to my friends and men­tors, Wal­ter and Betty Rus­sell of Rus­sell Farms who are a tremen­dous help and sup­port sys­tem for me each year. Their plants are so beau­ti­ful and healthy.

Sum­merseat Farm is a 501(c)3 des­ig­nated non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, and we work hard for the suc­cess of our events to keep us fi­nan­cially vi­able and keep up with main­te­nance and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams at the farm. With no paid staff or gov­ern­ment sup­port, we are to­tally de­pen­dent on our vol­un­teers and events. So you can see the im­por­tance of all this help with our plant sale; and we are truly grate­ful for our spon­sors, vol­un­teers, and our won­der­ful cus­tomers who come back year af­ter year and those who come and can’t wait to re­turn. On be­half of my­self and the Sum­merseat Board of Di­rec­tors, we thank you.

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