A wagon tour of Malabar Farm featuring talks on contour farming and crop rotation was enjoyed by 16 Art of Gardening Club members on Aug. 1. Louis Bromfield built the farm named after the southwest coast of India. Malabar Farm Inn was a stagecoach stop in 1820.

Other Malabar Farm facts included having the coolest vegetables around due to the spring, movie star Jimmy Cagney selling vegetables (his favorite job), Johnny Appleseed selling saplings although he lived in Perrysville experimenting with a barn on stilts. The idea was to dry hay. The farm was also a filming location for "The Shawshank Redemption." Members were told the tragic tale of the Ceely Rose house.

Katie Smeltzer, daughter of new member Charlotte Sellers, joined as the newest member. Georgia Bonecutter provided a touching inspirational "Back to Our Hazy Lazy Days of Summer" at the 9 a.m. meeting Aug. 1 at Peace Lutheran Church.

A professional wedding singer is on tap for "A Wedding to Die For," a murder mystery directed by member Dave Kowalka at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at Uniontown Brewery.

After the fair prep at next month’s meeting making flower arrangements with Brethren Care residents has been added to the Sept. 5 program. Ruth Ann Linder brought a sample she made for shut-ins.

Members went to Fast Eddie’s for lunch in Bellville following the wagon tour.