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July 11, 2014

Carillon Garden Club marks 40th

TICONDEROGA — The Carillon Garden Club of Ticonderoga and Hague is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

A luncheon was held recently at the Hague Community Center to mark the year that the club was founded and became part of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State and the National Garden Club.

Currently, it has more than 40 members, some of whom have belonged for 30 years or longer.

“Each member is dedicated in one way or another to making our local world a better place through beautification efforts, aiding in the protection and conservation of natural resources and advancing the fine arts of gardening, landscape design, floral design and horticulture,” Co-President Betty Rettig said in a news release. 

“Members also enjoy monthly meetings featuring an interesting program.

“Some members participate year round, while others are only able to join in activities seasonally.”


Residents of Ticonderoga, Hague, Crown Point, Silver Bay, Port Henry, Putnam and areas beyond belong to the club.

To contribute toward future appreciation of the environment, the club sponsors a student each year to attend Camp Colby, a State Department of Environmental Conservation camp in Saranac Lake.

“Many students are also given opportunities during the year to learn about and appreciate nature through activities organized by the club’s Youth Committee,” Rettig said in the release.

“Our senior citizens are also involved in activities organized by club members.”

Throughout the communities of Hague and Ticonderoga, members can be seen planting and maintaining gardens to brighten key areas for residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment.

In order to finance these projects, two fundraisers are held each year. 

In November, fresh balsam holiday wreaths and sprays are decorated and sold; in the summer, a card/game party and luncheon is held.

As a gift to the community, Carillon Garden Club members prepare and serve an extensive buffet of seasonal goodies following the Champlain Valley Chorale’s holiday concert in December. 

As part of the reception, members also display holiday decorations and collections at Holiday Magic, held after the concert.


Guests may attend Carillon Club meetings, which are held on the third Thursday of the month, March through November, and the club welcomes new members. 

Dues are $20 per year. Programs of general interest are announced in the local papers.

For more information, call Rettig at 585-7247 or First Vice President Joyce Cooper at 585-2640.

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