Saturday May 1st
9:30am- 11:30am and/or 4pm - 6pm
at the Everson Ranch.
This is an invitation to participate in an international, annual event where gardeners and non gardeners come together to celebrate gardening in the open. Usually it is a fun, lighthearted and a liberating experience.
You can wear as much or as little clothing as you wish. You might want to dress in layers since the weather in early May at the Everson Ranch is unpredictable. Could be mild and comfortable but it could also be windy and cool. Precipitation, rain or snow, is also a possibility. Think early Spring, high altitude gardening.
Please bring: sunscreen, sun hat, sun glasses, water bottle, solid shoes, and gardening gloves. Because we are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, also bring your face mask. You might like to bring your lunch to enjoy after gardening. We have plenty of picnic tables to sit at that are arranged at safe distances. After lunch there will be a tour of the ranch for those that would like to stay longer.
Even though we will be outside we ask you to please wear a mask when with other gardeners. The plans for the garden this year are modest. It is still not known how much the ranch will be open to visitors and guests in the coming months. We could use your help in the greenhouses and garden.
Although Valley View is at capacity for that day, you are welcome to join us in the Everson Ranch garden either in the morning or afternoon or both times!
Many people are getting vaccinated and the state and federal agencies are loosening restrictions. However, locally, there has been a sharp spike in cases. The public health nurse is advising everyone to continue to mask up, for public places to keep capacities reduced, and practice physical distancing. The pandemic still poses sizable risks.
In the immediate future, we are going to keep our capacity low, require masks except in the pools and at your accommodation, and limit pool occupancy. This is not easy. We very much would like to open things up but we remain cautious. Many of the people we talk to when we make reservations appreciate the vigilance and feel safer because we are keeping our precautions in place. Everyone is looking forward to more normal times and by practicing prevention, we trust that this will help to finally put the coronavirus spread behind us all.
I am starting my report exactly one year since closing OLT due to this on-going plague. I remember this date - March 13th - because it is my birthday. (thank you) This year I'm 75. This has been a difficult/strange/odd/bizarre year for all of us. But we do seem to be getting through it gingerly. The vaccines are helping tremendously to move us forward towards some semblance of normalcy. I know that I am very thankful.
Our members have been wonderfully accommodating all of the changes that have been asked of them. Mask wearing, social distancing, pool population and time limits and restricted entrance times have been trials for the best of us. OLT perseveres. The Everson Ranch has mostly been quiet although the gardening, the watering of fields and the collecting of eggs continues. The land is renewing itself.
Just look around the Village. More birds, mammals, bugs. More flowering plants. More quiet. Fewer cars. This year of less use has allowed our unique place to breath a sigh of relief and to stretch its natural tendencies to the limit. All of this is due to the diligence of our Staff, and our Member's donations and continued support.