The Sheffield Community Peace Garden will be dedicated at 5 p.m. Friday, June 13. The garden has been created as a place of beauty, rest, and peace in the center of town.
The garden is centered by a labyrinth on the north lawn of First Congregational Church, "Old Parish," on the Sheffield Green. An ancient seven-ring pattern was chosen, with placement and landscaping designed by Jeffrey A. Steele.
Generous local businesses and organizations include Wilkinson General Contracting, the Sheffield Tree Project, Tom Ingersoll, Tomich Landscaping, and Segalla Sand & Gravel. The wood from a memorial tree that had to be cut down was made into a bench by students at Mount Everett Regional School.
The Lenox Garden Club spearheaded the drive with a major gift, followed by a grant from the Sheffield Cultural Council. Community residents responded positively to a request for donations, and numerous volunteers helped with their time, notably, Steele, Jim Kelly, Caitlin and Ed Hotaling, and Olivia and Daniele Pedretti.
Donations are welcome for more landscaping, benches, and maintenance.
The celebration coincides with the second week of the Sheffield Farmers’ Market and the Veterans’ Exhibit at the Old Stone Store.