Garden Hosts '60s-Themed Fundraiser to Give Neighbors a Groovy Good Time

By Lisha Arino on August 22, 2014 3:32pm 

 The stage located within the 6th and B Community Garden in the East Village.
The stage located within the 6th and B Community Garden in the East Village.
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EAST VILLAGE — A community garden is inviting neighbors to bust out their bell-bottoms and throw on their tie-dyed T-shirts.

The 6th and B Community Garden will host a '60s-themed fundraiser Saturday afternoon starting at 2 p.m., complete with live music, food and a costume contest.

“Anyone that stops by can enjoy free music and a lot of fun,” said Anna Sawaryn, 55, a member of the garden’s events committee.

The party will include a singalong with hits from the decade, like “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees and “Secret Agent Man” by P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri, Sawaryn said.

Attendees will be able to purchase a $10 6th and B Community Garden T-shirt to tie-dye or take part in a raffle for cash and '60s-themed prizes. Food donated by New Yorkers Food Market on Second Avenue will also be available for purchase.

The fundraiser will help the volunteer-run garden put on its free community events, which include a monthly drawing class with a live model, film screenings and children’s programs, Sawaryn said. Donations go toward supplies and paying entertainers.

“We try to pay them at least what would cover their expenses for the day, and at least a little more,” she said.

Sawaryn said the 50 to 75 programs the garden puts on each year is a way to give back to the area's residents.

“We have a space here that we take care of that is kind of under our stewardship, which we feel lucky to have,” Sawaryn said. “We like to give back to the community so that [it] also gets a chance to come in and enjoy the space.”

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