FRIDAY, JUNE 21: RRA grounds will be closed starting at 5:00 PM for the Great American Campout. The grounds will reopen at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 22.

Past Letters from the Director

Holiday Events

Dear Friends,

When I arose the other morning to find it snowing, it was a wake-up call that autumn is winding down and winter is on its way. Now that our fall events are past, it's time to start thinking about the holidays. I know, some of you are probably thinking "Bah Humbug!", but we have some things planned that will turn even the Grinch's scowl into a smile!

On December 13 we will be holding our first annual Festival of Trees, A Multicultural Celebration of the Holidays. There will be arts and crafts that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the Solstice; musical entertainment; as well as food trucks; and, holiday vendors. The highlight of the festival, however, will be over 20 festive trees placed around the grounds decorated by you!

We are also making it easier for you to decorate your home. This year you can order holiday wreaths and arrangements ahead of time. Handcrafted by talented horticulture staff and volunteers using fresh cut greens from the grounds these items will add a touch of holiday spirit to any home!

More details on these events can be found below and on our website. As I sit here finishing my letter, I'd like to leave you with a favorite quote of mine for this time of year: "Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go" - author unknown.

Until next time,




Jackie Kondel