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getting involved

buildings & grounds

Our Buildings and Grounds Committee is a dedicated group of members and friends who care for the physical plant of the Fellowship, inside and out. The co-chairs of this committee are John Colacchio and Judith Knauss. We do many of our own repairs and the seasonal jobs such as mowing grass and raking leaves.

Other members of the Committee are Joel Fisch, Nick Garin, Eleanor Harmantas, Len Marcus and Scott Stevens.

On the second Saturday of every month from 9am to noon, there is a Buildings & Grounds work party. If you like working with your hands, figuring out the best way to get something done, or enjoy helping out and getting to know people better, join the B&G crew on a Saturday morning.

Our Gardening Task Force is always looking for helpers. Eleanor Harmantas, a professional landscape and garden designer and a Master Gardener volunteer with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, provides guidance for this taskforce, which takes care of the multitude of gardens at the Fellowship.

The Big Backyard Project was another taskforce of Buildings & Grounds. The BBP, which is currently "on hiatus," is dedicated to finding appropriate uses for Fellowship's beautiful big backyard.

The BBP's most challenging undertaking was the creation of our Labyrinth. Other projects included the creation of a butterfly garden and a picnic area.

While the BBP itself may not take on any more ventures, seeds of their ideas may bear fruit in the future in the form of a memorial garden path that will connect the labyrinth to the picnic area and a peace garden.

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