Last Saturday, the Cornelius PARC Department took 26 people to see Pearl Fryar's topiary garden in Bishopville, S.C.
Fryar's award-winning garden is the subject of an award-winning documentary, "A Man Named Pearl," which was shown on the bus on the trip south.
If you have not seen this documentary, it's shown every once in a while on HGTV. Be sure to watch it. The PARC Department Web site also has information on buying the DVD.
Fryar took the group through his garden and gave them an inside look at what he does and how he does it. He was also available for questions and pictures.
If you have never seen his garden or had a chance to meet Fryar in person, be sure to do so. He is a delightful, personable man who is very proud of his work. For more information, go to www.fryarstopiaries.com.
Our Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department is making sure we have lots of parks in Cornelius.
Adding in the Westmoreland Athletic Complex and Robbins Park, we'll have 11 town parks and four county parks. If you include the undeveloped land, there are almost 500 acres of park facilities in Cornelius.
Go to www.corneliuspr.org for more information on our parks and to see all the activities available through the PARC Department.
Registration for the next swing dance class has already begun. Classes will start March 17 and continue through May 5. Members of the Charlotte Swing Dance Society will teach East Coast Swing.
Beginners meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and intermediates meet 7:45-8:45 p.m. Wednesdays, both at Bailey Recreation Center at Bailey Middle School. You don't need a dance partner to participate.
Fees are $50 for Cornelius residents and $58 for others. For more information, call 704-892-6031, ext. 160.
J.V. Washam Fundraiser
J.V. Washam Elementary School just began a two-week fitness fundraiser called the Boosterthon Fun Run.
In this program, students learn about character initiatives such as serving their community, taking time to read and discovering their own talents. Then, instead of selling merchandise like more traditional fundraisers, students get pledges for each lap they run in the Boosterthon Fun Run held at the end of the program.
Besides raising money for the school, through this program students are given guidance about living healthy lifestyles and making positive choices.