After nearly 120 years in operation, the Port Hope Lawn Bowling Club has closed its club house and greens. Located behind the Presbyterian Church on Walton Street in Port Hope since 1900, interest in the sport and active membership had been getting smaller in the past few years. Remaining members and the governing Board decided that it was the right moment in time to bring the Club’s historic run to a close. That’s where Sounds of the Next Generation comes in.
Looking to find the best possible ways to donate the remaining funds the club had raised and saved over time, Barbara Gard (member and Treasurer of PHLBC), contacted us to inquire if SONG would be interested in being a recipient of some of the legacy funds. We were bowled over – pun intended – with delight and gratitude! I met with Barbara (pictured above left) in her lovely garden in Port Hope and she presented SONG with a cheque for $5,890!
Barbara is a long-time chorister herself, as are other members of PHLBC, and they feel passionately that providing children and youth with opportunities for excellent ensemble music education and performance is fundamentally important for the good of our children and youth, and for the good of the community.
Gifts of legacy funds from historic organizations such at the Port Hope Lawn Bowling Club are one of the many ways that members of our community can keep the purpose and goals of their organization alive through our work. In a similar way, when the Shelter Valley Folk Festival ceased operations last year, the Festival left SONG a legacy gift that enables our program to bring gifted artists from the community into our classrooms to work with SONG students in our choir and string orchestra. That community vision of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival now joins with a similar vision of the Port Hope Lawn Bowling Club, and finds its expression through the students and artists of SONG.
Barbara Gard is ensuring that the incredible historical archives of the Port Hope Lawn Bowling Club are preserved, and now this latest chapter in their long and fascinating history can be written…as a legacy gift to SONG…helping us continue to change lives one rehearsal at time.
SONG President and Board Chair