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Thursday, June 20, 2024
Letter: Neighbourhood garden tour was a big hit
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

I’ve never been prouder to live in Chautauqua.

Last Saturday marked an extraordinary day for the Chautauqua Residents Association with its inaugural Chautauqua Art & Garden Tour.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to our corner of town, eager to admire the remarkable horticultural and artistic talents of our neighbours.

All afternoon, groups of friends wandered down our laneways, maps in hand, smiles lighting up their faces as they sought out the next breathtaking garden.

For me, this event showcased more than just beautiful gardens and art: it epitomized our wonderful community spirit.

I extend heartfelt thanks to the 10 generous homeowners who meticulously prepared their gardens and welcomed the public, the incredible artists among us who showcased their work and the diligent volunteers of the residents association (with special mention to Mary Kilmer-Tchalekian for her leadership).

Thanks also to Niagara-on-the-Lake Realty for its invaluable sponsorship, covering all expenses and making the tour accessible to all.

Thanks to them, every dollar raised went directly to the association. The event raised more than $1,400 for the association, the most raised by a single association event in recent memory.

Lastly, my gratitude extends to the numerous visitors, both local and out-of-town, who joined us and contributed to the event’s success.

The warmth, respect and appreciation shown toward our neighbourhood was truly heartwarming. It was a joy for the Chautauqua Residents Association to share our neighbourhood with all of you.

Planning is already underway for next year’s tour.

Weston Miller
Chautauqua Residents Association

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