Dozens of families, friends, and dignitaries gathered for the 13th Annual Magnolia Gardens Association Neighborhood Celebration. A key focus of the festival was to celebrate the past while instilling a sense of community and pride in the youth attending.
Vendors, non-profits and other local organizations lined the north side of Begonia Street, the epicenter of Magnolia Gardens. The annual street festival bestows awards on neighbors and community agencies that have made contributions to the community. The neighborhood is unique because many of the homes were built within a short time frame: 1940 – 1969.
Former resident and Spelman graduate Wanda Jones reminisced, “We are here to continue the Magnolia Gardens legacy of family and instill in our children the values that were instilled in us,” said Jones as she smiled.
The crowd enjoyed a day of fun and education as attendees browsed vendor tables for product samples and info packets. Attendees were energized as they purchased tickets for the annual raffle that gifted winners with a flat screen television, product baskets and gift certificates. Shown announcing the winner of the gift baskets (l-r) Jocelyn Shawn Swift, Jocelyn Swift, Mildred Jennings, Carolyn Herring, My’Hana Davis and Robert Flornoy.
Shown announcing the winner of the gift baskets (l-r) Jocelyn Shawn Swift, Jocelyn Swift, Mildred Jennings, Carolyn Herring, My’Hana Davis and Robert Flornoy.