ONE of the friendliest and most cheerful days in Adare’s busy social calendar is the annual Garden Fete which has, over more than two decades, become a staple, summer tradition in the community.
And hopes are high that this year’s fete, which takes place on Sunday, will prove every bit as successful as previous years.
But the organisers are keeping a beady eye on weather forecasts, hoping there won’t be a repeat of last year when torrential rain forced them to postpone the event by one week.
“I think we’ll be alright,” Anne Mordan, PRO for the fete, said cheerfully and with a great dollop of confidence .
Final plans for the big day are proceeding apace, she revealed to the Limerick Leader, and she is happy to report that many volunteers have joined in the preparations.
“The garden fete was first run in 1991, to raise much needed funds for the local schools,” Anne continued, “Since then the fete has been run very successfully by many groups in the parish and thousands of euro have been raised for various local organisations and charities. Funds raised at this year’s Garden Fete will go to the Adare Alzheimer Day Care Centre, The Village Hall, Adare Community Office and to Holy Trinity Abbey Church Restoration Fund, all of which will welcome the injection of cash.”
All the traditional summer fete fun will be there to enjoy, the organisers promise, and bags of great bargains will be there for the buying. There will be a wide range of stalls stocking games and toys, sports jerseys, new or unused shoes, handbags and fashion accessories, new or unused electrical items, jewellery and cosmetics, books of every description, dvds, and top quality bric-a-brac.
As with any self-respecting fete, there will also be stalls selling home-made produce and baked goods as well as plants and shrubs. And to add to the day, there will be food stalls selling delicacies like pancakes and pig on a spit.
But there will be a range of activities too from pony rides to bouncing castles and a pets’ corner. And the Wheel of Fortune will be spinning all afternoon. A Monster Draw with bumper prizes will be run throughout the afternoon.
The gates open at mid-day in the field behind the Parochical House, entry to which is at the side of the Dunraven Arms Hotel. Helpers or people wishing to donate goods should contact Joe at 087-0516564 or Tony at 086-3027816 or Rita at Parish Office 061-396172.