Barn project proceeds aid local organizations

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The 2014 Barns of Carver County calendar project spearheaded by Ruth Tremblay resulted in a $2,600 donation to the Waconia United Food Shelf and Mary’s Wish in Waconia. From left, Greg Peterson of Mary’s Wish, Ruth Tremblay of the Barn Project, Barbara Argabright of Frost & Steam (representing area merchants that sold the calendar), and Shari Giesen of the Waconia United Food Shelf. (Patriot photo by Todd Moen)

The 2014 Barns of Carver County calendar project spearheaded by Ruth Tremblay raised $2,600 to benefit the Waconia United Food Shelf and Mary’s Wish in Waconia. Each group will receive $1,300.
Checks were distributed to those two organizations at KleinBank in Waconia on Wednesday, March 19. The $2,600 was $600 more than what was distributed to area food shelves and Mary’s Wish in 2013. Over the past four years, the effort has resulted in more than $10,000 being raised for area non-profit organizations.
The merchants that participated in the calendar sale include: KleinBank, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia, Watertown Pharmacy, Frost & Steam in Waconia, Heart and Home Boutique in Waconia, At the Farm Organic Farmers Market in Waconia, Mayer Lumber, Chaska Historical Society, Who’s on First? in Waconia, and Diva Dog in Waconia.
“I am very proud of the efforts made by all of the merchants that participated,” said Tremblay, who is already hard at work on the 2015 barn calendar. She noted that the barn project has expanded to include the sale of barn-themed post cards, the organization of a barn tour and a field guide about area barns. Tremblay also noted that she is working on a movie about area barns, a project she hopes to complete this fall.

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