The sun was shining through the gathering clouds, and the mood was festive. This was the setting for the dedication of the Placitas Community Labyrinth on Saturday, March 21st.
About 50 people gathered to celebrate the creation of a labyrinth at the Placitas Community Library. It is dedicated to the “Volunteer Spirit of Placitas.” This is the first joint collaboration between the Jardineros de Placitas, Placitas Artists Series and the Placitas Community Library. It recognizes the vibrant dedication of all of you who volunteer for community organizations. In many cases, that means more than one organization.
Volunteers were welcomed with refreshments provided by the Jardineros. Everyone mingled together while listening to classical guitar pieces, played by Jay Rodman, a volunteer with the Placitas Artists Series.
Judith Roderick kicked off the ceremony, by leading everyone into the labyrinth. Judith is the designer of the labyrinth, and an amazing quilt artist. She spoke of the oneness of the people walking the labyrinth with the community, with the state, nation and world on the first day of spring.
Karen Cox, chair of the Board of Directors of the Library, acknowledged the representation of many volunteer organizations. She introduced Commissioner James Dominquez and heartily thanked him for his contributions to solving the water issue at the library in January.
Karen spoke of the heart-desire behind the creation of the labyrinth and the generous spirit of contributors. The rocks defining the path are a true expression of community. They were all brought and placed by people attending last year’s Birthday Bash. The benches designed for the center of the labyrinth were dedicated to one of the founders of the library, past Director and past Board President Anne Grey Frost.
The ceremony finished with drumming and with throat singing by Michael Crofoot.
A fund raiser was held on the back patio of the library for Casa Rosa with appetizers donated by Jardineros, beverages by Sophie’s Giving Circle and music by Placitas Artists Series. Eventually, the wonderful atmosphere was brought to a close by the clouds and chilly weather, typical of the ever changing climate of New Mexico.