Written by: Ann Self – The Village Green | Publish: 2021/06 – June
While StoryWalk at the Village Green highlights cashiers, Come Play With Me, it also tells the story of a caring community.
Once upon a time there was a dream.
In the summer of 2020, the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, The Village Green, The Literacy Council of Cashiers and Vision Cashiers leaders, began a collaboration to install a StoryWalk in The Village Green.
A StoryWalk offers an outdoor adventure that promotes reading as well as family bonds, health and well-being. The pages of a story are displayed in a series of stations along a trail, allowing families and friends to enjoy a story as they walk the path.
That dream came true in April of this year when the installation of Cashiers’ StoryWalk was completed.
Once upon a time in 2002, the children and community leaders of Cashiers had another dream of designing and building a huge children’s play area in The Village Green. Hundreds of volunteers worked tirelessly, joining forces over five short, stormy days to complete the Village Play.
For almost 20 years, children and their families have enjoyed swings, slides and climbing structures.
On June 19, the community is invited to read this story told in the very first book Cashiers, come play with me featured in StoryWalk Cashiers. A free book celebration will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Village Play sponsored by Vision Cashiers with one of the main characters from the book, Chef Randy Dillard and the Cashiers Fire Department, toasting hot- dogs. This original book was written by Ann Self, Managing Director of The Village Green, illustrated by local artist Kat Ford, and translated into Spanish by Ana Crespo.
The Village Green offers a beautiful free public space, but it is maintained by a non-profit organization that depends on contributions to maintain the park and provide an exceptional place for the community. Village Green is at the heart of cashiers, for cashiers people. To find out more about these events or to make a donation, call (828) 743-3434 or visit VillageGreenCashiersNC.com. Follow The Village Green on social media @cashiersgreen.
by Ann Self,
Executive Director of The Village Green