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Extreme Gateway Makeover Project Gets a Thumbs Up From the Community

The Auburn Beautification Commission completed their Extreme Gateway Makeover Project this past weekend with plantings to complement the two gateway signs installed last summer as part of a two-phase project and a years-worth of planning.

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Seward House Community Garden Clean-up

Saturday, May 25, 9am – Noon
Seward House Garden

This month we will begin planting our 2nd Annual Kitchen Garden and the annuals that will be spread throughout the grounds. We ask that you please bring gloves and any tools you might have. If you don’t have any tools, we have garden implements for volunteers to use!

Water and snacks will be provided.

We invite you and your friends and family to join us on the last Saturday of each month for our Community Garden Clean-Up. Join members of the staff and volunteers from across the community in helping us make our garden grow.

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Fathers Day Raffle Tickets Available

For tickets, please contact Suzanne Hai at 315-252-4212

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ABC Announces a “Call for Gardens”

The ABC is currently seeking gardens for their 3rd Annual Summer Garden Tour taking place on Sunday, July 14th, 2013.

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Extreme Gateway Makeover Project

It is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of our new “Gateway to the City” signs adorning the medians on East Genesee Street and Lake Avenue.  This year-long project was a partnership between the Auburn Beautification Commission, Cayuga County’s Young Professional Group *IGNITE* and the City of Auburn’s Department of Public Works to create a better first impression for our visitors and convey an image of a vibrant, prosperous community.

Deciding on a “new look” for the signs was a challenge as the ABC wanted to use a combination of design elements that would best represent our historic City.  Each sign is suspended between two, 5-foot masonry brick columns made of red brick that was most commonly used in the architecture of historical homes and building that lined the main streets of Auburn in its glory days.  The color blue was chosen to represent the breath-taking bodies of water that make up our Finger Lakes Region, and gold lettering was the best choice in that gold symbolizes wealth used wisely, good health and optimism. Collectively, this bold new image will better represent the home-town values of this great community and announce the cultural renaissance that is guaranteed to bring new life to Downtown Auburn.

The ABC would like to thank the following entities for their contribution toward the project:

*IGNITE* of Cayuga County
The City of Auburn
Tom Shaylor, Sign Guys
Hutchings Masonry
First Niagara Bank
Livable Communities Capacity Grant

Stay tuned for more projects from the ABC as we continue to make this community a more beautiful place to live, work and play!

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Garden Tour 2012 Community Support

The members of the Auburn Beautification Commission would like to say thank you to all those that turned out on July 1st to support the Second Annual Summer Garden Tour.

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2012 Summer Garden Tour

The Auburn Beautification Commission, Inc. has selected seven local gardens for their Second Annual Summer Garden Tour. The gardens will be open for the tour on Sunday, July 1, 2012 from 1 – 4 PM. The Garden Tour Committee has included cottage gardens, perennial and vegetable gardens, water and rock gardens, and grand formal gardens in the tour. Interior of homes are not included.

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Commission, Volunteers Team to Clean Playground

The Auburn Beautification Commission (ABC) and Welch Allyn partnered together to provide community service to a local playground. The initiative is part of the company’s annual Beacon of Quality event, a designated date when local facilities are closed for the day to honor employees and give back to the community. ABC received 25 employee volunteers who dedicated their time to the Benton Street Playground. Read article from auburnpub.com.

 

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First ABC “Adopt-A-Spot” – the Gazebo at City Hall

Auburn Beautification Commission is proud to announce our first “Adopt-A-Spot” location. It’s the Gazebo, located across the street from Auburn City Hall and next to the historic Seward House. Dickman Farms Greenhouse & Garden Center approached ABC with interest in beautifying the area with coordinated plantings. The stunning result is shown below.


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Auburn Beautification Commission Announces Winner!

Interpretive sculpture by Audrey Iwanicki to be unveiled on Founders Day.

Based upon the theme “Auburn, History’s Hometown”, the Auburn Beautification Commission sought an interpretive sculpture. Each submission was evaluated on the adaptation, vision and design of the piece, and how the scale and size fit into the chosen location.

Ms. Iwanicki’s sculpture will be unveiled on Founder’s Day, Saturday, June 12, at 3:00 p.m. on the Exchange Street Mall, where it will remain on display for one year. The piece was influenced by   Theodore Case and his work to develop sound on film, highlighting information about Auburn’s history in a creative and artistic manner. This year, Founder’s Day celebrates Auburn as “The Birthplace of Talking Movies.”

Audrey Iwanicki majored in anthropology and art in college, and began taking sculpting classes while living in Boston several years ago. She worked in set design and construction in Newport, Rhode Island, and created a sculpture for the Ludovico Sculpture trail in Seneca Falls, where she learned about welding. She’s currently focused on setting up a metal shop.

The ABC will host a second “Art Around Auburn” interpreted sculpture competition in the Spring of 2011. Stay tuned for more details and entry information.