The 13th annual Music in the Garden Tour was attended and enjoyed by hundreds on a beautiful July day. We want to thank everyone who contributed so generously to the tour’s success. This garden tour is a fundraiser for Water Music Society, which provides support to the music programs of Ocean Beach and Naselle school districts.
First to the owners of the seven gardens, Dawna and Terry Hart, Farmer Deb Howard, Dave and Linda King, Diane and Fred Marshall, Eugene and Barbara Norcross-Renner, Shelly Pollock and Jeff Stevens, and Steve McCormick and John Stephens: thank you for being willing to share the beauty of your personal gardens. The inspiration of your enchanting landscapes, picture-perfect beds, garden art, and structures was matchless. While touring these lush settings, your delicious refreshments gave all an opportunity to pause, celebrate, and enjoy the live music.
Next, thank you to the onsite garden musicians: George Coleman, Dave Drury, Jean-Pierre Garau and Al Perez, Tom Grant, Brian O’Connor, Terry Robb, Sea Strings, Tanz and Tom Trudell for live musical performances. And for the first time ever on the garden tour we had an Ilwaco high school senior, Tristen Trudell playing saxophone in a garden.
This year’s garden tour featured six local artists including painter Stan Reidesel, topiary artist Nansen Malin, Renee O’Connor of Willapa Bay Tile and Design, beach basketmaker Susan Spence, modern blacksmith Jacob Moore and painter Somsri Hoffmann.
We are grateful for raffle prizes donated by Marie Powell, Jacob Moore, Renee O’Connor, Richard Rodlun, Stan Reidesel, Eric Wiegardt, Don Nisbett, Paul Brent and Westwind Landscape Supply.
Thank you to Bay Avenue Gallery, The English Nursery, and Basketcase Greenhouse for being our ticket outlets as well as the first point of cheerful contact for our tour.
Also, the warmest appreciation to The Shelburne Hotel, who housed garden writer Debbie Teashon and Bill and Sue Svenson of Peninsula Performing Arts who housed musicians Jean-Pierre and Al Perez. Water Music Board member James Sherman once again served as tour guide and conductor of the Long Beach Trolley, which transported delighted riders to the gardens. Port of Peninsula supplied a van and driver; this group was led by knowledgeable Ocean Park gardener Debby Halliburton.
Also great appreciation to Kathleen Davies, for once again curating our beautiful “Music in the Gardens Tour” Facebook page.
Thank you to Maggie Stuckey for elegant garden descriptions in the 2019 tour program and map, Sydney Stevens for an exuberant article in Coast Weekend as well as several lively posts in her blog, Oysterville Daybook, Cate Gable for showcasing the Norcross-Renner garden in her column and Aaron Mead for a celebratory follow-up article on the day’s event.
We received tremendous social media support and instagram posts from Nansen Malin. Bob Duke provided stunning overhead photos of garden tour properties and peninsula photographer extraordinaire Nellie Hux shared her 500+ photos taken while attending the tour.
A big thanks to our individual garden sponsors: Jack’s Country Store, Nahcotta Boat Basin, Port of Peninsula, Ron & Maggie Schuller of nayturahaus.com, Taft Plumbing and Willapa Bay Interpretive Center.
Additional sponsors were Toyota and Lum’s Auto Center, Dennis’ Hungry Harbor Bar & Grill, Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort, The Lost Roo, Marsh’s Free Museum and Okie’s Thriftway Market.
Finally, The Water Music Society Board is grateful to all who attended this delightful garden party and who helped us celebrate our 13th year sharing the Peninsula’s magnificent gardens!
NANCY ALLEN and DARLENE HOUSER
Co-Chairwomen of Music in the Gardens Tour, 2019