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Thanks to all who made Shepherdstown’s Back Alley Garden Tour & Tea a success

By Staff | May 29, 2009

A great big thank you to all whom helped make the 10thBack Alley Tour and Tea a success on so many levels. We far exceeded our financial goals. The proceeds go to maintain and restore the War Memorial Building so the funds are always needed to keep that building open for so many to use.

But we feel as a service organization that our greatest success was that so many people of Shepherdstown came out to participate, to help, and to have a good time together.

Thanks to those who bought tickets, brought their friends and families and enjoyed the event. We had lots of out of town visitors but the support of locals was most gratifying. Good to get to know your own town a whole lot better.

Thanks to the homeowners who opened their backyards to so many. The event just couldn’t happen without you! But to also give so much of your time to greet people and exchange ideas was just over the top.

Thanks to the garden docents backed up the homeowners when they wanted a break to see the other gardens or the crowds were too much. You were knowledgeable, helpful and gracious to all.

Thanks to the logistics team led by Tim Murphy. They took care of tour signage, crossing guards, and parking guides and police coordination.

Thanks to Meg Spurlin who made all the gorgeous flower arrangements for the Tea and Hall.

Thanks to the Shepherdstown Merchants who offered shopping/dining specials to Tour participants and helped to promote the event. Thanks especially to Pam Berry and her crew at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop for selling tickets.

Thanks to the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association members who provided a demonstration hive and a close up look at honey production and its role in gardening.

And a very special thank you to Elizabeth Kyle was the overall Chairman of the Back Alley Tour and Bonnie Austin organized the Tea. Amazing effort from both of them.

When the Shepherdstown Men’s Club took on the revival of the Back Alley Tour and Tea last year , Liz Kyle and I did have a vision of a wonderful celebration of the great gardens of Shepherdstown. I think are celebrating the great people as well and showing Shepherdstown at its finest. Thanks to all.

Mary Stanley

Men’s Club

Board Member

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Martin and Elise Baach

Judy Shepherd with daughters Jenny and Jackie

Marianne and Duwaye Anderson

Debbie Hodge and Bane Schill

Joseph Matthews and John Shank

Pam and Rusty Berry

Hank Willard

Jack Kendall & Jim Pulisi

Honnor and Meade Dorsey

Lori Robertson & Chis Crawford

Shep Ogden

Ticket Takers

Eunice Earle

Jim Surkamp

Sylvia Boyer

Margie Blostone

Cris Kinsella

Garden Docents

Kay Byers, Coordinator

Sarah Drennen

Ed Ringoot

Renny Smith

Linda Reynolds

Carol Cadle

Winnie Bernat

Suzy Spencer

Eldon Winston

John Lazarczyk

Lolly Martin

Esther Murphy

Rozzy Garner

Ann Eddins

Pat Grinnan

Don Davis

Ginny Winston

Sally Thomas

Meg Spurlin

Marit Davis

Kim Lowry

Bill Neufeld

Kathy Bilton

Emily Morgan

Julie Ford

Maggie Keelor

Irvan Groff

Verna Anson

Tom Martin

Wendy Mosley


Tim Murphy, Chief

Bob Smith

Grant Smith

Ed Kelly

Jack Young

Boy Scout Troop # 33,

Tom Wilson, Scoutmaster