Muddy Hands Make Beautiful Places
Making mud pies is one of those childhood traditions where it was fun to play in the dirt. You could add a pretty flower to your mud pies to make it a piece of art or serve it up on a plate for a pretend yummy treat. Now, as an adult, playing in the dirt may look more like rolling up your sleeves and planting an herb or vegetable garden or filling a pot or garden with beautiful flowers and lush green shrubs.
You can find Dave Stempel, a Roanoke Island Garden Club member, rolling up his sleeves weeding, maintaining and adding new plantings in various places throughout the town. He volunteers his time taking special care of the triangle garden found at the Magnolia Pavilion on Queen Elizabeth Avenue, the clock garden on the corner of Sir Walter Raleigh Street and more! You can just hear the joy in Mr. Stempel’s voice when he says, “Helping out is a great way to relax. We like to see the town look pretty, and people are always stopping to say how nice everything looks.” Fellow Roanoke Island Garden Club members, Martha and Glenn Keener, adopted the clock garden this year and volunteer their time digging, raking and planting new things that make the garden a beautiful sight to see.
Town staff from the Planning Department and the Public Works Department have been busy too with the many beautification efforts happening around the town. New plantings of green shrubs and colorful flowers have been added to the Pea Island Cookhouse, Cartwright Park and Etheridge Circle accentuating the natural settings.
The Town continually seeks ways to make visual improvements to showcase the community working hand-in-hand with volunteers such as Dave Stempel and Martha and Glenn Keener. The beauty of it all, though, is the community development that these efforts foster. What a great way to bring people together to build community engagement, show community pride and have fun doing it! So, put on your walking shoes, and go take a look around the beautiful Town of Manteo.