Scituate Visitors Center: What’s Up?

Folding down the back seats of my car, I loaded and stuffed the seven foot cosmos that my neighbor Tom and his lovely daughter Allie helped me cut down for the trip to the recycling center located on the Driftway. What a growing season we’ve had this summer! A surprising display of resilience, my flower gardens are still blooming in summer annuals while the fall perennials of sedum, coneflowers, hydrangeas the size of footballs, and black-eyed Susans joyfully emerge. This huge bounty has not been this prolific in previous late summers, and we view it all with gratitude for the rain and sun.

The autumnal equinox began Tuesday. Our weather continues it’s flux from warm and humid summer days to the moderating freshness of fall evenings. The garden centers in town welcome us with their offerings of fresh vegetables and autumn décor. Antonio’s on First Parish Road,the Wednesday Farmer’s Market on the grounds of the Town Hall, and baskets of tomatoes and basil and zucchini in the front yards of neighbors fill us with abundance and gratitude. Ron and Cindy at R & C Farms offer both the harvest for our tables and the splendor of all plantings for our homes, as they plan the annual Fall festivities for families. Tree-Berry Farm supplied us with buckets of pick-your-own blueberries and will be open for one’s choice of Christmas trees. Kennedy’s Country Gardens, a family business of 60 year’s duration, and Every Bloomin’ Thing, also a family business are each abundant with landscape plantings and pumpkins and flowers. We are so fortunate, so truly blessed by Mother Nature and the hard-working farmers in Scituate.

Gearing up for activities as the more moderate weather arrives, Scituate’s Karen Hirsh, U.S. Director of Malawi Children’s Mission, has announced a major fundraiser loosely based on the TV show, “The Amazing Race.” Twenty teams of  four are challenged to eight races; proceeds of the event that begins at St. Luke’s Church in Scituate on October 17 benefit the 150 children who reside in Malawi, South Africa. I visited Stacie’s Stitches and Skeins in North Scituate and learned about the Cape and South Shore Yarn Haul. It’s a romp through 8 yarn stores featuring specials and prizes. A real surprise that I saw (and felt) while in Stacie’s store was a collection of couture knitted and crocheted high end items, the proceeds of the sale of which she is donating to Scituate’s CORSE Foundation. Tastemakers Silent Auction benefits Scituate Community Christmas. You will be blown away by the quality of the curated unique items and experiences being offered. This philanthropic organization meets the needs of Scituate residents experiencing hardships at Christmas and year round. The silent auction began on September 16th and will close in two days, on September 25. There is also a raffle with many tempting items.

See you around town…………


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