Changing Seasons

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School is out, Memorial Day has passed, and things are changing as we move into summer!

First and foremost, we’re excited to announce that we have a BRAND NEW WEBSITE! It has a great new look, up to date information, and a calendar to help you keep track of our upcoming events! Our blog with its stories from our programming can also be found there. Take a look around at:!

The changing seasons also bring changes in our programming as next week marks the start of our summer Arts & Smarts children’s program. You won’t find anything like it anywhere else in town! It’s an artful mix of gardening, cooking, ceramics, and storytelling. Artwork ornaments the garden, garden plants become food, and food becomes art.

It’s also intergenerational, with participants aged 9 months to 90 years working together. A kind of a family forms to learn from and care about each other. Through it all Susan Fowler’s frenetic stories bounce from our city to our planet, tying us all together.

The first Art Garden Week will be followed by two Sculpture Weeks led by guest artist Christian Smith who will focus on¬†wood as a construction material. Next will come Dance Week, presented in collaboration with the Children’s Center for Dance Education.¬†Patchwork’s garden will get a few weeks to mature, the blackberries will ripen, and then we’ll have our final Art Garden week and a Garden Feast to celebrate the summer’s accomplishments.

Everyone is welcome to join in! Registration forms for children/youth, high school volunteers, and adult volunteers are available in our main office and on our NEW! website (all adults will also have to complete a background check).

Notes from 40 Years at Patchwork:

Patchwork continued to grow and expand to fit its new home in the old Washington Avenue Temple. Things were going well. As in years before and for years after, the 1983 Patchwork Advent appeal letter was sent out to supporters with news of our accomplishments and stories from our programming.

But then, disaster. A second letter was sent less than a month later that said:

“We are writing again to share a very great sorrow in the life of the Patchwork community…On Monday afternoon, December 26, a four-alarm fire destroyed most of the Meetinghouse. The charred timbers and twisted metal ceilings in the Gathering Hall and the kitchen/Back Alley Bakery now lie pitched into the rubble on the floors. The roof over the Great Hall/sanctuary is gone and much of that ceiling has caved in. The Food Pantry and Seminar Room are destroyed. The floor in the kitchen has collapsed under its burden….For those of us who were in Evansville…it was a time of helpless grief as we watched the loss of so much of the space that had sheltered and nurtured our lives and ministries for over three years. For those of us who were out-of-town, the next hours and days were filled with the difficulty of leaving the Christmas celebrations of family and friends and traveling back to Evansville…”

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