SHELBURNE - It was the happy convergence of a project plan that needed funds, an organization with a commitment to supporting community projects, and a generous donor. Shelburne Museum's redesigned main entrance is the project, Charlotte Shelburne Rotary is the service club that was eager to help with the project, and a gift from Anne Pardee and the Pardee Trust provided the funds.
Atlast month's meeting of the Rotary Club, a check for $12,000 was presented to Rick Peters, Head of Shelburne Museum Grounds Department, and Jessica Gallas, head gardener at the museum, to help with the construction of a "big splash of color" at the entrance, featuring the lilacs, peonies and day lilies that are such an integral part of the museum experience, as well as other bushes and grasses. Peters explained that the museum expects that a more dramatic and beautiful entrance will increase the number of visitors known as "drive by visitors," passers-by on Route 7 who stop on impulse.
Pardee, a former president of the Rotary Club, and Rotary member Elaine Dates who is active in the garden club, worked with the Museum to plan the new entrance, and a plaque will recognize the club's support of the project.