The following announcement has been provided by the FRP;
Flat Rock Playhouse announced [April 10] that it has joined the ranks of many organizations throughout the world in memorializing the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI in 2018 with the Playhouse Poppy Project.
The Flat Rock Playhouse Master Gardeners have fashioned beautiful poppies out of recycled vinyl records with stems made of cork. These poppies will be placed on the lot at Flat Rock Playhouse. Once a donation in the amount of $25 has been made in the name of any member of the armed forces – past or present – the name of this person will be written on the decorative poppy and then “planted” in a dedicated memorial bed in the Playhouse gardens. 100% of the funds collected will directly benefit Veteran’s Restoration Quarters in Asheville.
”We are so proud and honored to be able to give back to the veterans in our community in such a beautiful, inspiring and touching way,” says Lisa K. Bryant, Artistic Director of Flat Rock Playhouse. “Our goal is to have a minimum of 100 poppies ready for donations by the time the real poppies on our beautiful grounds are in full bloom this May when we open Always… Patsy Cline.
The Veteran’s Restoration Quarters is a local shelter for homeless male veterans that offers housing, meals and a variety of other facilities and services including a comprehensive vocational training program. These programs are designed to give these men the direction and encouragement needed for full restoration and gentle reentry into society. The Veteran’s Restoration Quarter’s 200 beds are nearly always full and is run by the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry.
“The Poppy Project is taking a significant step to removing the shame of neglect for our homeless veterans by helping their lives to bloom again,” says Reverend Scott Rogers, Executive Director of Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. “Our veterans, men and women, are climbing the ladder of education to regain new career level jobs. The funds from this project will provide tools, uniforms, books, and other essentials in that education process that contribute to graduation and jobs within their career field. ABCCM is honored to have been chosen by the Flat Rock Playhouse Poppy Project to equip our homeless veterans while honoring our humble heroes from WWI at the Flat Rock Playhouse memorial garden.”
The Playhouse Poppy Project will continue through November 11th 2018, Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of WWI.
Those wishing to participate in the Playhouse Poppy Project can make a donation in person at the Flat Rock Playhouse Box Office at both the mainstage and downtown locations. Patrons can also call 828-693-0731 to make donations over the phone.
The Flat Rock Playhouse mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. The Flat Rock Playhouse downtown is at 125 S. Main Street, Hendersonville. Both locations are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.