By Christine LaRouere
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer
OLD TOWN LANSING — At the Old Town Organization Committee monthly meeting on March 24, there was talk about logistic plans for a Robert Busby Memorial Garden spring planting and a possible press conference at the event.
Jamie Schriner-Hooper, chairperson of the organizational committee, said the goal of the spring planting is to bring people out and let them know that to keep the area looking healthy, the committee needs money.
“We still need money,” Schriner-Hooper said. “We want to keep the intersection of the River Trail a beautiful spot.”
When it comes to getting the message across, Schriner-Hooper also said there is still a lot of planning to do before the event.
Improving the garden area
Two topics of discussion at the meeting were to have benches around the garden and create signs for the outside. Schriner-Hooper said the store Stamp-Rite Supersine Specialty Signs is donating $1,000 to the creation of those signs.
In regards to adding to the garden, Schriner-Hooper said there are two more sculptures planned to place in the garden, but they are hard to track because the sculptor takes her time, and the committee did not personally know the people who the sculptures will be about.
“At some point the other two sculptures will get done, but I mean it took seven years for Roberts to be completed,” Schriner-Hooper said. “It is tough because they are people we didn’t know.”
Committee member Meegan Holland said she was even surprised there were two other sculptors on the horizon, but everyone needs to wait for the sculptor to complete them.
“We just need to be patient,” Holland said. “I had to admit, I was surprised there were other two sculptures in the plan.”
Committee member Brittany Hoszkiw said she has mainly been focusing on the design of the sign on whether to include the other two statue names or not.
“It may take years and decades to get these other sculptures in and so I think specifically having it say about all three would not be the best,” Hoszkiw said.
Holding a press conference
As a start to the event, Louise Gradwohl, executive director of OTCA, said the committee should consider a press conference to introduce people to what they will be doing and further push the topic about needing money to keep the area looking clean.
“A press conference would be a great kick-off to the planting,” Gradwohl said. “That can be our time for the call to action.”
She also recommended that Ena Busby and Holland speak at the press conference because they can provide personal and interesting input.
Holland also said how it would be beneficial to invite the Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and other new organizations such as Lansing State Journal, WLNS and WILX to let them know about the impact of art in the Old Town area.
“All three of them were artists so maybe we can speak to the art legacy of Old town and how the art scene here has sprung up,” Holland said.
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