Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I bite off more than I can water



Against my better judgment I rejoined the Allentown Association's board of directors this year—it seemed important. At my first official meeting I was very pleasantly surprised. The board seems filled with bright, enthusiastic young(er) people, all ready and willing to do the grueling volunteer service this board requires. (Why don't I ever join those boards where they just sit around and collect honoraria—oh right, they haven't invited me.)

As usual, there are plenty of preservation nightmares awaiting our involvement and advocacy and the usual events to organize. When they passed around the committee list, I found that I was not only on, but chair of the beautification committee. The big project this year is the reinstatement of hanging baskets along Allen. How to keep them watered? Which plants to choose? Which service to use? How to pay for it? It's a bit early yet, but these and other mighty challenges loom in the near future.

If we don't make the baskets work this year, I'll never be able to convince them to try it again.

P.S. I won't always be mentioning these, but I hope my WNY readers will pop on over to Garden Rant where I have a post about a compost/worm installation at Buffalo's own Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

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