The Buckeye Lot

 The Buckeye Lot, June 2017. Photo: Laura Trippi.

The Buckeye Lot, June 2017. Photo: Laura Trippi.

The small lot south of the Town Hall, that we have named the Buckeye Lot in honor of its distinguished tree, was not always part of the Hall’s property. Several years ago, around 2007, the lot came on the market.

The Hall’s Trustees had recently received a generous bequest. We supplemented this with the proceeds of a Buckeye Lot Pledge Drive and a small loan, and purchased the lot. Finally, in 2009, we planned a Pig Roast to pay off the loan (immediately named Pig Roast Payoff by the late Scott Lawson), and earned proceeds greater than our goal.

 Fathers’ Day Community Potluck under the Buckeye tree.

Fathers’ Day Community Potluck under the Buckeye tree.

A huge asset to the Town Hall in so many ways, the Buckeye Lot gave us the opportunity to install a wheelchair ramp, and to make plans to take advantage of the southern exposure, gaining natural light and physical access to a patio outside the basement level — the inspiration for Phase One of the Rejuvenation project.

The acquisition of the Buckeye Lot, made possible as it was by the good will of neighbors and friends — with a small addition of serendipity — is an example of the spirit and energy the Hall inspires.