“Giving Back: Honoring Mirnie” a community-organized event to honor Miriam “Mirnie” Davis Kashiwa is planned for 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Old Tom Morris Pub and Grill at the Thendara Golf Club.
In planning the event, organizers most often heard the same five words repeated about Mirnie: “She’s one of a kind!” Using the phrase as inspiration, the event will be a unique blend of local cuisine, camaraderie, and community. Mirnie will be the keynote speaker, reciting her poem, “I AM THE ADIRONDACKS.”
Tickets are $50 per person, and all guests will be asked to bring a silent auction item with them to donate (funny, handmade, heartfelt, or white-elephant in nature; anything goes). All proceeds raised from ticket sales and silent auction will be will be deposited in the Henry and Miriam Kashiwa Fund for the Adirondacks at The Community Foundation, with the ultimate goal of providing the funds to complete the Woodland Walkway at View.
The Woodland Walkway is a traditional nature trail boardwalk with interpretive signage and demonstrations of the ecology of the forested Adirondack wetland and was part of the original planning for View at its current location. It was dedicated in 2010 by Deke and Carol Morrison “To Honor Hank Kashiwa, Sr., for his Insight and Wisdom.” It will serve as an extension of the Henry M. Kashiwa Eco Gallery, also named for her late husband.
The Woodland Walkway project was chosen as it is a project near and dear to Mirnie’s heart, and of her vision of the Adirondacks as a landscape where the arts and sciences merge within the natural environment. What better way to give back to a woman who has done so much for her community than to help her to complete a project that she has championed and is reflective of her three core values: beauty, wonder and inspiration.
Because Mirnie has supported many of the local organizations, many of the community’s non-profit and service organizations are lending their support in honoring the contributions of one of the region’s most long-serving citizens.
Organizations supporting the event include: The Central Adirondack Association, The Community Transport Service, Kinderwood, The Old Forge Ballet, The Old Forge Library, The Town of Webb Historical Association and View. All community organizations are welcome and encouraged to lend their support to the event. There is no financial obligation; gestures of support can be expressed in various ways. For more information, organizations can send an email to: [email protected]
The Adirondack Express and The Weekly Adirondack are media sponsors for the event. Throughout the coming weeks individuals are encouraged to send stories and photos about Mirnie Kashiwa for inclusion in the newspapers to honor Mirnie and to help promote “Giving Back: Honoring Mirnie.” Stories can be sent to [email protected]
Tickets will be available at Gallery 3040 and other local venues starting Aug. 2. All questions and anyone wishing to volunteer can contact event organizers at [email protected]