Dedication for first StoryWalk book today at The Village Green

The first book of the StoryWalk, Cashiers, Come Play With Me!, will soon be installed in the Village Green along the Cashiers Greenway Ramble.

Vision Cashiers, The Village Green, The Albert-Carlton-Cashiers Library, and the Literary Council of Cashiers collectively are sponsoring a Dedication Ceremony and Family Picnic on Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the Village Play. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend.

Cashiers Come Play With Me! is the story of how the Cashiers Village Play came to be. The idea for an expanded playground was proposed by local children in March 2002. Their parents, friends, and local leaders joined forces to make the dream a reality.

The StoryWalk begins at the Village Play and winds throughout the park.

An architect who specialized in designing park space was hired to work with the children to create a structure using their ideas. Community members from all walks of life worked together tirelessly, pressing on despite a visit from Tropical Storm Isidore which knocked out all power.

Completion of the Village Play was celebrated by all in October of that year with a children’s parade and cook-out featuring the grilling skills of Cashiers-Glennville Fire Chief Randy Dillard and the rest of CGFD.

In a reprise of that happy time, Chief Dillard and his crew will be back grilling hot dogs for the Family Picnic. The children who helped design and build the Village Play, now adults with children of their own, will be in attendance for the celebration.

Dedication of the Book will take place at 11 a.m. Picnic lunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs. Reading lists and activity sheets will be available for all children in attendance and at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Library.

Cashiers, Come Play with Me! is written for children at a second grade reading level. The StoryWalk presents bilingual content and programming as a commitment to connecting through the languages in the Cashiers community.

This original book was written by Ann Self, Executive Director of the Village Green, illustrated by local artist Kat Ford, and translated into Spanish by Ana Crespo.

The story will be posted on 18 standards along the path. Each standard is numbered, starting with the cover page, making it easy to move from page to page.

The StoryWalk was made possible through a collaboration between Vision Cashiers, The Village Green, The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Library, and The Literary Council of Cashiers.

For more information contact The Village Green office at 828.743.3434 or Vision Cashiers 828.743.5753.

Article courtesy of Vision Cashiers

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