There is always something going on in Aiken….one does not have to search far for a project to get involved in…they find you. This has been an unusually busy week for “events” and Alicia and I have really enjoyed participating in many of these.
This morning, just across Park Ave. from the funeral home, twenty-seven “Barn Cats” were introduced to roughly a thousand residents and visitors who simply followed the crowd, heading for The Alley at 11am.
The weather was perfect….what I would call a “Chamber of Commerce Day”. The crowd was bigger than anticipated and the cameras were clicking non-stop.
The Barn Cats are the creative plan to raise funds for the historic Gaston Livery Stable, one of only five, all brick barns in South Carolina and one of the oldest, being constructed in 1893. (click on the link above for more history).
After the introduction, the cats were placed in down-town businesses, including George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, which sponsored “Magnolia Manx”, (nicknamed, Maggie), painted by local artist, Nan Langer. I selected the design as we use a magnolia blossom as part of our logo. “Maggie” will spend the next few months, siting on the porch of the funeral home (unless someone buys her) until the next event, which will be the auction in March.
Aiken is a special community to live and work and I consider myself lucky to have been here for the last thirteen years.
As former Chamber of Commerce president, June Murff was known to say (and still does) “If you are lucky enough to live in Aiken…You are lucky enough”