Stormy weather could not dampen the joyful celebration of Peace Pilgrim’s birthday on July 18, 2019. Friends new and old gathered in her hometown of Egg Harbor City, NJ, at the Historical Museum across from Peace Pilgrim Park.
Originally intended to be outdoors, the gathering, planned by FoPP Board Member Barbara Reynolds, was filled with love and laughter. Everyone was thrilled to chat with Peace Pilgrim's “baby” sister, Helene Young, age 104, who blew out the candle on the birthday cake.
When the weather cleared a little, the party moved across the street for a quick tour of the Park, which looked beautiful thanks to the efforts of local master gardeners and neighborhood children. “I enjoy connecting the children in the community to the nature found the Park,” said master gardener Candace Negron. “We planted native plants for our bees and butterflies visiting the gardens and educated our students on the importance of them to the garden”.
After visiting the Park, which features a Peace Pilgrim statue surrounded with colorful tiles made by local school students and a garden in the shape of a peace sign, the group returned to the museum. Accompanied by three guitars, they sang peace songs until about 10 pm.
“It was a most wonderful evening in the company of many Friends of Peace Pilgrim and Peace's most amazing sister, Helene,” said FoPP Board Member Bruce Nichols.