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British Cultural Garden Centennial

British Cultural Garden Centennial
Cleveland Ohio
June 12, 2016

The British Cultural Garden was dedicated April 14, 1916. It was originally called the Shakespeare Garden. On June 12, 2016 a 100 Year celebration of the British Cultural Garden was held.

British Cultural Garden sign in Cleveland


The Irish American Club East Side (IACES) Pipe and Drums opened the ceremony in the British Garden for the Centennial celebration.



Irish American Club East Side (IACES) Pipe and Drums

Irish American Club East Side (IACES) Pipe and Drums

Irish American Club East Side (IACES) Pipe and Drums


Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, welcomed the crowd.

Sheila Murphy Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford


Sheila introduced Honorary British Consul Sandra Morgan brought greetings from Her Majesty's government. She told of the rich history between Cleveland and the UK.



Sandra Morgan

Sandra Morgan

Kenston High school junior Anna Truax sang God Save the Queen.



Singing God Save the Queen

Singing God Save the Queen


Rev. Mark Webster gave a brief sermon about gardens and then an invocation at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the British Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.



Rev. Mark Webster

Rev. Mark Webster


Daughters of the British Empire President Veronica Pearce spoke at the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the British Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. She gave some history and background and then presented plaques of thanks to Mary Hamlin and Sheila Crawford.



Veronica Pearce

Veronica Pearce

Mary Hamlin and Veronica Pearce

Mary Hamlin and Veronica Pearce

Veronica Pearce and Sheila Crawford

Veronica Pearce and Sheila Crawford


Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, told the story about meeting Mary Hamlin years ago. Mary is British and Sheila is Irish yet they quickly formed a lasting friendship that exemplified the Gardens' motto of Peace through Mutual Understanding.



Sheila Murphy Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford

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Chris Ronayne, President of University Circle Inc. and Chair of the Holden Trust, spoke at the Centennial event.



Chris Ronayne

Chris Ronayne

Chris Ronayne and Sheila Crawford

Chris Ronayne and Sheila Crawford


Tyson Douglas Rand, Artistic Director of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, told how happy they were to see the British Cultural Garden renaissance.



Tyson Douglas Rand

Tyson Douglas Rand


Entertainment included the Murphy Irish Dancers performing a Maypole Dance, Sir Roger de Coverly Dance and a Cotillion Dance. Anna Truax sang Flow Gently, Sweet Afton , Barbara Allen and Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again. Members of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival not only performed a lively version of the famous balcony scene from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but they initiated Shakespeare Karaoke which allowed the audience to come up and recite passages from the Bard. The Tower City Choir also performed British classics, barbershop style.

Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, thanked all those who helped on the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the British Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. She especially thanked the Daughters of the British Empire who have taken over working on the British Garden.



Page 2 - photos and videos of the performances in the British Cultural Garden

Page 3 - photos of people in the British Cultural Garden






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