PHOTOS: Placentia garden party a big success

Melissa Jenkins
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Published on July 17, 2014

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.

Published on July 17, 2014

Kali Bridie Connors is only two-and-a-half years old, but she is already skillful with a hula-hoop, just like her big sister Kaya (not pictured). She was so dedicated to spinning the hoop she didn't have a chance to smile, but she was really enjoying herself. Kali’s parents, Joey and Dawn Connors, work in Long Harbour, but are from a community called South East Bight.

Published on July 17, 2014

Jonas Manning was having a lot of fun at the Placentia garden party, so he was ecstatic when his mom, Lisa Leonard, and Grandmother, Theresa Leonard, won a prize at one of the spinning wheels. The seven-year-old was even more excited when he was allowed to pick his own prize. He chose a dinosaur transformer.

Published on July 17, 2014

One of the fundraisers at the event included a barbecue. Scott Manning (left) from Placentia volunteered to help out with the barbecue. His friend, Ryan Traverse from Freshwater, stopped by to chat and grab a drink in the hot temperatures.

Published on July 17, 2014

Mary Nash (right) sells prize wheel tickets during the garden party at the town square in Placentia July 13. All of those working the four wheels volunteered to help out in aid of the church.

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 receiving some ongoing 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.

 

For more photos see the July 21 print edition of The Compass.

Organizations: Arts Centre, Sacred Heart church, The Compass

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