3/26/2014 6:00:00 AM In the Gardens offers plenty of surprises
Times photo submitted by JOANNE WINER
Norm Simpson presents a check to Joanne Winer of Celia’s Rainbow Gardens.
Joanne Winer QUARTZSITE TIMES
QUARTZSITE, Ariz. - This has been a month of surprises for Celia's Rainbow Gardens, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Several people have come into the bookstore and the chamber office to tell about their visit to the Gardens and say they were impressed. It really made the days a little sunnier than usual to hear things like that.
There was also another wonderful surprise when a call came in to go to Mountain Quail Café this past Friday to accept a check from Norm Simpson from money donated by the artists at the Mountain Quail Art Show (see related story). The money is very much appreciated and enables Celia's Rainbow Gardens to complete major work.
Two of the artists, Oney Budge and Lorna Christman, who was part of the presentation, surprised this author by donating a beautiful leather eagle's head-one of the new art forms they have been working on-for the raffle at the party. This author loves this piece, and Christman bought raffle tickets in the Winer name in hopes that it would be won. But since that didn't happen, the person who did win it, Judy from Horizon Bank, came all the way back after the party was packing up and gave it to this author as a gift. What an unselfish thing for her to do. It shall be cherished forever and hung with pride.
Also, a thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the party a success again this year: barbecuers, Richard Trusty, Odell Woodard and Joe Winslow; servers, Evelyn and Mike, Elsie from Quartzsite Improvement Association; Jerry Hilbish; and Lois Dupre. Also, very special thanks to Jerry Mullins and all his musical friends who came to entertain the crowds, and to Paul Winer and Ralph for also playing some great music. Anita Carlson helped with the raffles where great prizes were given away; and thank you to those who bought raffle and 50/50 tickets.
Work on the Heroes area of the Gardens has been ongoing for the past few weeks and the place looks forward to getting more done as funds and volunteers allow. Volunteers will also be working on the amphitheater area in the next few weeks, and hope to get more done before it gets too hot to work out there. Be sure to watch for snakes and scorpions while walking around the trails as they are out now and can be aggressive since they have been underground all winter--take plenty of water too since it is getting hotter each day. Thanks to everyone for supporting the Gardens and thanks again for helping make the party such a great afternoon of fun and friends.