More than 50 downtown residents will crochet snowflakes throughout the fall in a shared goal of reaching 1,000 flakes by December 1. Please join Glenwood Gatherings’ Facebook group to learn more about crocheting groups meeting at A Place at the Table (300 W. Hargett Street), or to receive details for crocheting your own snowflakes at home.
This project begins with the fun of neighbors coming together to learn new skills, and continues with the intention that these snowflakes bring community blessings inside to elderly residents who find it difficult to leave home.
Stay tuned for details of an early December launch when volunteers will be needed to hang snowflakes on trees along Glenwood Avenue between Peace and Hillsborough Streets.
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GLENWOOD SOUTH PEACE TREE
During the fall of 2015 over 200 neighborhood volunteers learned to fold origami cranes to decorate a 12 foot “Peace Tree” donated by the Carolina Ale House. Over 2,500 cranes were created.
COOL WALKINGS creative crosswalks for glenwood south
On October 18th, 2015, three intersections in Glenwood South (Glenwood Avenue at Tucker, North and Jones Streets) were revitalized with new and interesting crosswalks.
Inspired by Donna Belt, citizen artist and board member of the GSNC, the COOL WALKINGS project brought together the leadership of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, the Raleigh Arts Commission, Raleigh’s Public Works Department and the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative, to create the city’s first ever permanent public art installation on public streets.
GSNC embraces this project as a means to expressing the quirky and personal character of the neighborhood. The installation also promises to help in attracting more retail to Glenwood South by enhancing pedestrian friendliness.
The materials and artist stipends were funded through a $1,000 Neighborhood Improvement grant, and through the generous donations of neighborhood businesses and residents.
Tree Sweaters II: In the fall of 2014, more than sixty knitters participated in Glenwood South’s second tree sweater project, attracting knitters from as far away as Hawaii, Texas and even Ontario. Local knitters met at St. Saviour’s Center to stitch scarves with seniors who were recipients of last year’s tree sweater blankets. Inspired by the colorful statement of community shared with them, knitters at St. Saviors and Glenwood Towers passed the tree scarves on to Love Wins, a ministry to the homeless led by Hugh Hollowell in the Glenwood South neighborhood.
Poetry Wall: In June 2014, a chalkboard poetry wall highlighting favorite neighborhood quotes and poetry was constructed on the former Clark Art building. New poetry and quotes are updated every two weeks. Send poetry or quotes from your Glenwood South business associates or neighbors to GlenwoodSouth@downtownraleigh.org.