It is no secret that Milford is filled with architectural, historical and cultural treasures. What is a secret, however, is the little-known gem, Barkley Park. Located at the east end of Ann Street as it crosses over 2nd Street, it was dedicated in 1975 to an incredibly creative as well as an energetically, civic-minded woman, Ethel Noyes Barkley. Her park overlooks one of the most picturesque vistas of the Delaware in all of the Borough.
Please mark your calendars for a unique opportunity to be part of this project. On Saturday, September 7th from 4:00pm-6:00pm, please join us for “An Afternoon with Ethel”. It will be held at St. Patrick’s Church Hall on High Street. This old-fashioned tea will feature a presentation by Linda Pinto, President of the Milford Garden Club, highlighting Ethel’s many contributions making Milford uniquely beautiful. Annette Haar, representing the Milford Council, will also be presenting an overview and update of the project. The Milford Garden Club will be providing their renown “sweet and savory” treats, along with tea and other “serious” libations (Ethel Barkley Elixor).
In addition, a sneak preview will be featured of a first edition book entitled “Into the Garden”. Marta Hallett, publisher at Glitterati Editions, has provided us a with renderings of plein air paintings of 200 hidden gardens from around the world. Christian Peltenburg-Brechneff has traveled the world and was privileged to have exclusive invitations to some of the most exotic gardens. “His paintings capture some of the most exquisite yet private gardens around the globe,” notes Marta. Books will be available for purchase, as well as a coupon to have the author sign when he visits Milford in October.
The renovation (some say resurrection) of the park is made possible by a generous grant from the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program, as well as funding from Greater Pike Foundation, Verizon TCCGives, the Borough of Milford, the Milford Garden Club and local donors.
Tickets are $20 and proceeds will go to support ongoing improvements in the park. Reservations are required and space is limited. Tickets are available at The Craft Store (across from the Library) or by calling Linda Pinto at 570.296.5326; email email@example.com; or send a check to PO Box 764, Milford, PA 18337.