BBBS, Terra Cotta teaming up

Published 8:00 pm Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring fever is running rampant these days and folks all around Pike County are catching it.

Terra Cotta Home and Outdoor Market in Troy is offering a tonic that has been specially developed for “the fever.”

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, Terra Cotta will have Spring Open House featuring seminars on outdoor learning and big and little gardens.

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There will be a fee of $10 for those over the age of 12 who attend the daylong event and all proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Troy. There will be no charge for children under the age of 12.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is such a good program,” said Nancy Harrell, Terra Cotta planner. “The organization does so much for young people who need another positive role model in their lives. We wanted to show our support of Big Brothers Big Sisters and, hopefully, make others more aware of the program and how it helps make our community a better place.”

Harrell said short, fun and informative seminars will be conducted every 30 minutes throughout the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with an hour lunch break at noon. A hotdog/hamburger lunch is included in the registration fee.

The morning seminars are “Using Antiques in the Garden” presented by Gail Thompson from On the Square Antiques, “Photographing Nature” presented by Susan Berry of Troy, “Southern Living Plants” presented by Ed Lawton of Southern Living and “Bird Bath Containers” presented by Rhonda Flowers, master gardener.

An Easter egg hunt is planned for the children at 10:30 a.m. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance at the Spring Open House and will be available for photographs with the children.

The afternoon seminars are “Growing Lotuses in Containers” presented by Laura Standcroft of Ten Mile Creek Nursery, “Ants in the Soil” presented by Jim Coles, master gardener with the Pike County Extension Office and “Growing and Cooking with Herbs” presented by Alma Bodiford, the “Herb Lady.”

“Participants may attend as many of the seminars as they wish or as few,” Harrell said. “All of the seminars will be informative and fun and we are looking forward to our Spring Open House. We’re proud to be able to help Big Brothers Big Sisters in return for what they do for our young people.”

At 3 p.m., a raffle drawing will be held for a Big Green Egg outdoor grill and baker. Those who register for the seminars will have their names entered in the drawing and will be eligible for the grand prize.

Tickets for the Spring Open House seminars at Terra Cotta are available at Terra Cotta, 351 Montgomery Street and at Big Brothers Big Sisters, 518 South Three Notch Street in Troy.