It was hard for Charlotte Cabri to contain her excitement, looking around Saturday at Magnolia Park at all the families that had come out to the Family Fun Day event, hosted by the Greenwood Diversity Group.
The group, which meets every first Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at Suzy’s Puppet Place at 502 Reynolds Ave., is aimed at bringing a broad array of people together to enjoy each other’s company and spark meaningful conversation about the things that bring people together.
“The event started small. It was originally bringing puppets to the kids,” Cabri said. “But so many people wanted to get involved when they heard about it, and it grew into this.”
Tables offered children’s books for families, a face-painting station was constantly drawing attention, and one couple brought a pet ball python, “Ruby,” for children to pet and learn about. The pavilion at the center of the park played host to a live story reading for the children and live music, while nearby members of the Greenwood Garden Club taught children and adults alike how to plant and care for their own potted plants.
Janice Sullivan was invited by a friend to a meeting of the Greenwood Diversity Group, and before she knew it she was a member.
“I didn’t know I was joining the group, actually, but that was a pleasant surprise,” she said. “This here is just wonderful. It’s heart-warming; the children are just having a great time.”
Michael Gaskin, who served as emcee for the event, said the diversity group is essential because it helps highlight a variety of voices, perspectives and opinions.
“When you bring people together, it inspires hope,” he said. “This is the start of something great.”