On Saturday, April 2nd, the Wabbaseka Methodist Church received a much-needed manicure. The clean-up was organized by Rachel Patton of Preserve Arkansas.
Rachel was joined by her organization’ s members including Hunter Windle, Bart Stafford, Jeff Silva, Mary Silva, and Drue Patton.
Other volunteers joining the clean-up included David Ware of the Arkansas State Archives, Audrey Long of Grace Gardens, Narvell Irby member of Wabbaseka Park Committee as well as Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Committee, Consuela Lodon-Lamb Wabbaseka City Secretary (contributed the food via Lexye’s Quality Care LLC) accompanied by Jean Kearney (not pictured), and new owner of the Wabbaseka Methodist Church Jason Irby.
“It was a beautiful day and we had beautiful fellowship. It was so wonderful how people came from across the state to participate in this much need manicure of a historic building. Volunteers cleared bush and brush. They cut away overgrown trees and put the rake to leaves. The first time of a collaborative effort under new management yielded great results. Fellowship among those with the common interest of preserving history. The leaves went to Grace Gardens for compost. The food was so abundant that we were able to share with the Men’s Ministry of Wabbaseka Second Missionary Baptist Church as they also were conducting a clean-up day. Overall, it was a wonderful April Saturday. Thanks again to everyone,” expressed Irby.
Also thanks to Wabbaseka farmer, Ciffwood Blackwell for hauling away a trailer load of tree limbs.
Irby plans to repurpose the building and grounds as a preservation and wellness campus. More details will be released as available.