With an up-tick in traffic noticeable on the Sunday morning before Memorial Day, volunteers took to the traffic islands in Eastham to give them a freshening up and a flash of color.
The gloved and green-thumbed volunteers represent the Eastham Forum Flower Islands (EFFI) Program. The program is part of the Eastham Forum, a group of residents who work to maintain the quality of life in Eastham, according to their website.
Sunday morning, with only traffic cones for protection, the volunteers dug up the island dirt as if they were their own flower beds. While the island at Old County Road and Route 6 was at the beginning of the process, the island down the way at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road (below) was showing signs of summer.
Through the summer, volunteers will keep the islands pruned, lush and watered. If you see them at work, they always appreciate a wave and a honk for their efforts, according to the EFFI page. Anyone interested in signing up as a volunteer, should contact EFFI head Vida DeMale, who also started the group.
There are twenty-one such island gardens in town. According to Mrs. DeMale, the group started with only two island gardens more than two decades ago. EFFI also maintains the gardens at the Eastham Town Hall.
See a video about EFFI, with an interview with Mrs. DeMale, produced by students at Nauset Regional High School here.
(EFFI volunteers working at the Route 6 and Nauset Road island the day before Memorial Day. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.)