“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
― Pablo Picasso
As the Wedge Sponsor Honor Roll continues, it seems fitting that I pair these next two Sponsors together. What would the world be without both Art and Music?
Stroll through any gardener’s back yard or find your zen in the middle of a hectic day by strolling through a garden center, and you will agree that “gardening is the slowest of the performing arts.” But it is perhaps the most luxurious because it heightens all of the senses–sight, smell, touch.
Wedge Sponsor Jenny Morgan, owner of JEM Garden Center on Main Street in Middletown understands. Jenny, her husband, Pat, and their committed landscape team have almost single-handedly improved the curb appeal of the downtown Middletown intersection. In addition to offering landscaping services, JEM Garden Center carries the most beautiful hanging baskets in Middletown! (And I should know- you will see a sampling at the party!)
I loved Jenny’s response to my question about what she would fill our children’s shoes with, if given the chance:
If I could fill the shoes given to our children with one gift, it would be strong will power; so, they would always be able to say “no thank you” to short-term temptations to be successful in accomplishing their long-term goals.
I wish the children receiving these shoes to have a positive outlook on life. It will get them through even the toughest of times.”
And what is music if not the most perfect art form? Marlene Young of Glad Heart Productions brings new meaning to the word perfect because she’s been a sponsor almost every year since the inception of Soles of Love in the Garden. It is that level of support, commitment, and love of the cause that makes this dream a reality. Marlene captured the essence of Soles when she responded to my question!
“If I could fill the shoes given to the children with “one gift”, it would be a glad heart, because I believe a glad heart is key to everything else. It is a glad heart that makes us recognize the good in the world and to look beyond hardship to believe that out of the ashes of adversity can rise a brighter tomorrow. A glad heart is a thankful one that sees every day as a gift and a renewed opportunity to learn, grow, create, contribute, and bless others.
A glad heart sees self and others as unique creations, each special and holding powerful potential to make a positive difference in the community and world around them.”
Marlene Young’s passions are many. Music that has the ability to stir the soul; serving as President of Delaplaine Foundation Inc. and Vice President of Great Southern Enterprises, Inc. which enable her to support the community in a myriad of ways.
She has recorded and released seven vocal albums/CD’s since 2002 under her label Glad Heart Productions in collaboration with Catoctin Mountain Recording and Commodore Recording Studio. These recordings include both original arrangements of classic holiday and gospel songs as well as original songs she has written. Personally, Marlene’s music helps me usher in the Christmas season and welcome a glad heart into my holidays!
How appropriate that her production company’s tagline is “music from the heart for the soul” as we collect soles for our local children in need! Proceeds from the sales of her music support so many other nonprofit organizations such as the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, United Way of Frederick and Washington County, Women’s Giving Circle, Hospice, Mission of Mercy and many more. Soles of Love in the Garden is once again honored to be part of this impactful list of groups making a difference in our communities.