Guild Cancels 2020 Garden Tour Event
The Board of Directors of the Eugene Symphony Guild, understanding that we are in difficult times, and in accordance with guidelines set by our state and federal governments regarding gatherings and social distancing during COVID-19 virus pandemic, is canceling the 23rd annual Music in the Garden event, originally planned for Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Eugene.
“We have made this decision for the safety and health of our garden homeowners, Guild members and volunteers, musicians, vendors, and our supportive community of attendees,” explained Board President Suzanne Shapiro. “For 22 years we have successfully engaged our community in this beloved event, often raising more than $20,000 per year that directly supports the Eugene Symphony Association,” she continued. “It is with great sadness that we close our planning for 2020, yet we look to 2021 with hope and enthusiasm to create our best event yet.”How to Support the Guild Now
Tickets to the event traditionally have been sold through several area gardening retailers and from Guild members, at a cost of $15 prior to the event and $20 at the event. The Guild is asking community members that may have planned to attend this year’s event to consider a tax-deductible donation to the Eugene Symphony Guild in order to continue the Guild’s mission: a vibrant social non-profit organization that brings people together through fundraising events and music education and outreach programs that support the Eugene Symphony.
Click on the DONATE button to access our PayPal page for secure donations using debit or credit cards, or PayPal accounts. The Eugene Symphony Guild is a tax exempt 501c3 organization and is a member of the Oregon Cultural Trust. To mail a check (payable to Eugene Symphony Guild) send to Eugene Symphony Guild, 115 W. 8th Ave., Eugene OR 97401.
Beloved Event Enjoyed by Thousands
Enjoyed by thousands over the past 22 years, the day long self-guided walking tour has featured several local homeowners graciously opening up their gardens to the public. In addition to beautiful flowering landscapes, attendees enjoyed live performances by community musicians, and perused garden accessories and a variety of plants for purchase.
“Our sponsors and partners have generously supported us for so many years, and we understand that they, too, are struggling in this time of financial uncertainty,” noted event chair Ginger Fifield. “We know this decision affects them as well. It’s our hope that we can support each other through this in even small ways,” Fifield said.
Save the Date in 2021
While the future remains uncertain as to social distancing and gatherings, all Guild members remain hopeful that we will meet again on Sunday, June 13, 2021 for another exceptional event with our homeowner gardens, our community musicians and vendors, and of course, all of you, our greatly appreciated attendees and supporters. #StayHomeSaveLives
Who We Are
The Guild provides a rich variety of opportunities to support the Eugene Symphony and to enjoy the company of other dedicated community volunteers. Active members serve on one or more committees during the year, filling board positions, organizing small events and/or staffing large public events. Sustaining members are valued for their past and current service, as well as their wisdom, guidance, and companionship.
For information about Guild membership and how to join the Guild, click here.
Supporting Eugene Symphony with contributions of $1,355,000 since 1968.
The following events are canceled until further notice:
General Membership and Board meeting
The Book Note Club
Second Friday Guild Bridge Group
The Monthly Social Hour