Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Garden Faire fundraiser

The Georgeson Botantical Garden Society is having a fundraiser on Saturday, July 19, to raise money to build the James V. Drew Outdoor Amphitheater at the GBG. The Garden Faire will have quilt and art shows, various family activities, demonstrations, and vendors selling arts and crafts.

The amphitheater is still under construction, but is now useable by the public. Fundraisers over the years have slowly helped expand and improve it. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has more on its history:
Construction of bench seating and a raised platform began in 1995, but funding ran out before a roof could be built for the structure.

From 2002-2006, the UA College of Fellows hosted “Goodies in the Garden,” an annual dessert party to raise money for the roof fund, but the fundraiser has since dissolved.

...[T]he project, which...will take another $30,000 to complete, will create a space that can be used for concerts, educational programs and other events that are currently unfeasible.

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