This Saturday, August 28th from 4-5:30pm, you are invited to celebrate yet another successful addition to Wellsville’s Fassett GreenSpace Project. Construction of the ShadeSpace Pavilion began in the Fall of 2020, but the garden’s organizers have been planning the pavilion for several years. The structure consists of six steel beams with three “shade sails” fixed to create an open-air pavilion. These materials combine to create a lightweight 600 square ft shaded outdoor classroom space with built-in bench seating for 75 individuals.
From 4:00-4:15pm, the garden group will recognize donors and supporters of the public garden and cut the ribbon to officially open the pavilion. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a live dance performance choreographed by Kate Martelle at 4:20pm. The short dance piece exhibits dancers as they move between the garden’s walls, interacting with flowers, herbs, and vegetables. After the dance performance, musicians will play for the remainder of the time, as volunteers and board members give tours of the garden. Musical groups including Casual Reply (Michelle Libertone & John Spicer), Eric “Buckwheat” Stutt, and Andy G. Twanger are on the docket to play Saturday’s event. Light refreshments will be provided.
“We are thrilled to share this moment with our friends and neighbors,” says Cassandra Bull, Board President of Art for Rural America, the organization that oversees the Fassett GreenSpace. “There have been many different groups, businesses, and individuals that have all helped our garden to be where it is today. Everyone has supported us by using their expertise, whether that is LC Whitford providing steel, Alfred State College students working with heavy machinery to grade the lot, or Glenn Zweygardt Sculpture helping us with a crane. We are incredibly grateful for the support and are excited to celebrate this new milestone in the growth of the Fassett GreenSpace.”
The Fassett GreenSpace Shade Pavilion has support from: the Village of Wellsville, Alfred State College, LC Whitford, Wellsville Development Corporation, Clark Patterson Lee, Glenn Zweygardt, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, The Giant Food Mart, The East Hill Foundation, the Western New York Foundation, Art Services Inc., and many more volunteers. Please contact Board President, Cassandra Bull, at 518-937-3234 or [email protected] for more details or to be involved. To learn more about the project, visit www.artforruralamerica.org or follow the Fassett GreenSpace Project on Facebook.
Glenn Zweygardt provides crane to support pavilion construction.