Friday, May 30, 2008

The Summer Concert Series schedule announced

Friends of Irving Circle
is proud to present the
2008 Summer Concert Series
sponsored by
Historic Irvington Community Council,
Irvington Therapeutic Center, Kroger,
Central Ace Hardware and Marsh

Saturday, June 21st - 7p to 9p
The King Servants Quartet

Saturday, July 19th - 7p to 9p
Audio Diner

Saturday, August 16th - 6p to 9p
GRAAL with Eleventh Hour

Concessions will be available. All proceeds go to Friends of Irving Circle, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to the upkeep and improvement of Irving Circle Park.

If you are interested in sponsoring our concerts (and we'd love to have you!) or in volunteering (we'd love to have you too!), contact us at irvingcircle at gmail dot com.

The King Servants Quartet to play June concert

We have confirmed our June performer for our 2008 Summer Concert Series. The King Servants Quartet will be making their debut at Irving Circle at 7pm on Saturday, June 21st. These four gentlemen will be performing classic gospel music as well as other American forms of music. We'll be selling food and beverages. So come out with your family and enjoy the enlightening sounds of the King Servants Quartet.

Monday, May 12, 2008

After the clean up...

On Saturday, over an eight hour period, around 30 volunteers brought their garden tools and helped us out as we cleaned up the park and began our re-landscaping plan.
In the beds around the fountain, the yews were removed. They had become a security problem. We are hoping to increase visibility of the fountain and decrease vandalism. In their place, hostas and boxwoods.
The outer beds also received some attention, as spireas were thinned out and some oak leaf hydrangeas were added.
All the beds received new mulch. We also mulched around the trees.
Even the young ones were helping.
Well, not all of them.
But we still had time to take a break now and then and socialize with the neighbors.
At the end of the day Saturday, all of the landscaping beds were done.
The outer beds were clean up, thinned out, weeded, and mulched.
Because of the large amount of hostas available, we split them and started planting them around the park's trees.
The beds around the fountains have large hosta gardens and are prepped for the new boxwood shrubs.

The boxwoods will be installed in two phases, with one row being planted this fall and one next fall. We are in need of additional donations to help cover it. In total, we are planning on paying around $1500 for the new plants. If you would like to donate, please email us at Irving Circle at G Mail dot com.

After the boxwoods are planted, the next phase of landscaping will include new park benches (as you can see, they are in need of replacement) and replacing deteriorated sidewalks. Any financial assistance you can give to Friends of Irving Circle, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, will be appreciated. Contributions are tax deductible.

Thanks to all of our volunteers and especially to the four brave souls who yanked the yews out on Saturday in the pouring rain!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Don't forget: clean up day tomorrow!

Our first clean up day in the park will be tomorrow, Saturday, May 10th at 8am. We'll be picking up sticks and trash, pulling weeds, laying mulch, and maybe some planting and/or splitting of plants. Volunteers of all ages welcome.

Bring your gloves, rakes, shovels, and pitchforks. We will provide some breakfast and lunch for our volunteers.

Our raindate will be Saturday, May 17th at 8am. And thank you for your help!

Monday, May 5, 2008

GRAAL to play August Concert Date

Our second confirmed performer for our 2008 Summer Concert Series features well known Irvingtonian Paul Diebold. The band GRAAL will be making a return to Irving Circle at 7pm on Saturday, August 19th. In addition, the band Eleventh Hour will be opening at 6pm. We'll be selling food and beverages. So come out with your family and enjoy the double billing of GRAAL and Eleventh Hour.