Haverford, Lower Merion Township, PA — The Haverford Civic Association was at it again at Sharpe Park.  This time things are different. Instead of raising funds the HCA was out delivering funds raised back on May 4 at the "Art in Sharpe Park" family festival event where the HCA's membership raised money for the parks maintenance and betterment.

On Wednesday, June 19 members of the Haverford Civic Association delivered a check to the volunteers at the Garden Workers Garden Club for the benefit of the birds and butterflies by planting annuals and perennials.  

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HCA ran three fundraising events this spring. The "Art in Sharpe Park" events were held over three months with the most recent being held on May 4, 2019.  Much of the money will go to providing new perennials, shrubs, and small trees.

In 2010 The HCA started underwriting the container planting.  That year, HCA member Jane Carton nominated Sharpe Park for a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Community Greening Award, and the park won.  

The HCA started planting in the empty container at the base of the Station Road steps to the Paoli Local train. After the PHS judges walked down Station Road, they decided to provide  Community Greening Award to not just the container plantings but the entire street. 

Lee Tabas, Tash Duff, and Jane Carton are long time HCA board members and have been responsible for the planting, weeding, and watering of the container. They change the plantings in the fall and winter seasons. 

The park is neighborhood jewel covering 2 ½  acres, tucked away at 405 W, Montgomery Avenue, at the corner of Montgomery Avenue and Station Road in Haverford.  

The park was created when Catherine H. Dixon Sharpe bequeathed her home and a two 1/2-acre property at Montgomery Avenue and Haverford Station Road to the township for a bird sanctuary. In 1978 her house was razed, fencing and trails for walking through the wooded area were added.

The Haverford Civic Association adopted the park as a beautification and outreach project.  Since then, they have held multiple fundraisers where the funds raised are used to help make the park a better place to visit and enjoy.

Here is a link to the most recent article that we published on May 8, 2019, which is shown in full below.

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Sharpe Park and Bird Sanctuary Fundraiser was a Huge Success on Saturday

 

Haverford, Lower Merion Township, PA —For the third time in recent years, the event Art in Sharpe Park returned last Saturday, May 4, 2019, between 11 AM and 3 PM.  Hosted by the Haverford Civic Association the purpose of the Art in Shape Park event is to raise funds for new perennials, shrubs and small trees.

 

Steve Siano and Mike Imms enjoy the day at Shape Park

 

 

The park is neighborhood jewel covering 2 ½  acres that are tucked away at 405 W, Montgomery Avenue, at the corner of Montgomery Avenue and Station Road in Haverford.

 

The family affair was free to the public.   A broad range of arts and crafts were offered for sale by regional artists including oil and watercolor paintings, prints, folk art, terrariums, succulents, costume, and fine jewelry.

 

There were face painters and Balloon Man who delighted the mass of well-behaved children.  A Caricaturist was also on hand delivering memories of art for the parents.

 

 

There were vendors of various sorts including like the Hot Dog Vendor and the Ice Cream cart that added to the kid's delight.  

 

A highlight of the event was "The Old Acoustics" band who volunteered their musical talent and entertained the crowd of over 200 people that strolled through over the 4 hours.

 

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The park was created when Catherine H. Dixon Sharpe bequeathed her home and a two 1/2-acre property at Montgomery Avenue and Haverford Station Road to the township for a bird sanctuary. In 1978 her house was razed, and fencing and trails for walking through the wooded area were added.

 

John Scullin, Olga and Shoshanna Rosenberry, Jim and Eva Sturdivant plus Hershey the dog all enjoying the beautiful day and event.

 

 

 

"Catherine H. Dixon Sharpe bequeathed her home and a two 1/2-acre property at Montgomery Avenue and Haverford Station Road to the township for a bird sanctuary. In 1978 her house was razed, and fencing and trails for walking through the wooded area were added," Lower Merion officials say.  

 

The Haverford Civic Association will be able to provide an accounting of the financial end of the event over the next few weeks. But with the high turnout, the wonderful spring day and over 200 attendees and the generous sponsors. 

 

According to Hala Imms, president of the Haverford Civic Association, special thanks are due to the Merion Cricket Club, Wilkie Lexus, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Green Engine Coffee Co, Septa and Tabas Funding for sponsoring the entertainment and performers that delighted all of the kids throughout the afternoon. Bryn Mawr Trust provided the Ice-cream cart.

 

"Many other local businesses and neighbors also helped generate proceeds at the event to fund the annual and perennial plantings that are graciously planted by volunteers from The Garden Workers Garden Club," Imms said.  She went on to thank all of those that attended and the generous sponsors that helped to delight people of all ages in this "oasis of a park by Haverford Train Station," said Imms.

 

The Haverford Civic Association of Lower Merion fosters civic engagement and productive exchange of ideas to preserve and promote the welfare of the community through monthly meetings along with various neighborhood events.  For more information, membership or donations  please visit their website www.haverfordcivicassociation.com .

 

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