Join Us on Sunday for a Free Concert — and More

On Sunday we will continue celebrating our 65th anniversary with a free, public concert by The Rhythm Project at 2 p.m. in the Atrium at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. The acclaimed world percussion youth ensemble is the primary community program of the Virginia Arts Festival. The group also performed at the Home in April 2009 (see photo).

After the concert, we will dedicate a number of recent additions to the Home, including a koi pond, library and our signature mermaid statue, “Embrace.” Enjoy refreshments throughout the day, and be sure to also check out the display of antique cars  by members of The Cape Henry Antique Automobile Club.

To RSVP or for more information, call 757.622.2208.

Something New in the Butterfly Garden

The grounds at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children were already beautiful, with a number of local garden clubs having worked hard to enhance the landscaping in the gardens and courtyards. Over the summer, though, something new blossomed in the butterfly garden: a 500-gallon pond complete with waterfalls. You can learn more about the project in an article that ran in The Virginian-Pilot on Sunday, Sept. 20. The article also is available here.
Ron Herrick, the facility maintenance manager, designed the pond and installed it with help from his crew. Norfolk’s Harborfront Garden Club provided money to build the pond, while the parents of some residents donated koi for the pond. Residents can go outside, of course, to enjoy the serene scene, but they also can see the pond through the window as they pass through a main hallway. And they can listen to the waterfall by pressing a large button beneath the window to play a recording of the rushing water, thanks to the efforts of Mamie McCloud, an occupational therapy technician.