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Buzz of activity in Beautification Program

June 13, 2016

SULLIVAN COUNTY – More than 45 communities and organizations participating in this year’s Sullivan Renaissance beautification program have begun the gratifying work of enhancing their gardens, gateways, parks and neighborhoods.   These projects are led and implemented by volunteers who create and care for gardens and other public spaces while growing community spirit and pride. 

Renaissance projects vary in scope and activity.  In Neversink, 5,000 wildflower plugs along with trees and shrubs were planted at the new Neversink Town Park by volunteers, while Wurtsboro Renaissance built a new stone retaining wall around their Veteran’s Memorial flag pole and filled the garden with beautiful flowers.  Phillipsport Community Center spruced up the flower beds around their building and the Livingston Manor Renaissance held its Annual “Clean Sweep” and planting day. 

Liberty Central School hosted an Art Walk on Main Street to display the work of students and local artists.  New banners, featuring student’s art were unveiled along both sides of Main Street in the Village of Liberty.  Swan Lake Renaissance organized a clean-up day to neaten their gardens and waterfall area and in Monticello St. Peter’s Church worked vigorously on a new stone wall and healing garden. 

In the municipal partnership program, volunteers in the towns of Thompson and Bethel have gardened and litter plucked and the municipalities have removed eyesores.  Fallsburg and Liberty held garden events for volunteers and Rail Trail clean ups to encourage residents to get walking and enjoy the area’s natural resources.

Additional work days scheduled in June:

Wednesday, June 14:  St. John’s Church in Monticello holds a weekly gardening session from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 15:  Join the Sullivan Renaissance Bilingual Advisory Committee as they continue to spruce up Church Street in Liberty.

Saturday, June 18:  Town of Bethel will host its weekly gardening session from 10 a.m. to noon.

Everyone is welcome to participate.  There are many opportunities to help.  To find out how to get involved with a community group, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.