As my diamond year starts July 6, my heart is thinking about a local park that needs our help to shine — it’s also the 60th birthday of Storyland and Playland.
Turning 60 brings a wealth of memories! When I moved to Fresno just before my 30thbirthday with three small children, my family spent many wonderful days at Storyland, introducing our children to theater, reciting nursery rhymes at each exhibit with our magic keys and riding the train inRoeding Park.
Years passed without a visit, then six years ago, we returned to Storyland with our grandchildren. Our granddaughters danced ballet on stage, recited nursery rhymes, pretended to be princesses in the castle — and asked to go back every week. When it closed, I couldn’t believe we could lose another Fresno treasure.
What do I want for my 60th birthday? More Storyland! Today I challenge all those who turn 60 in our diamond year to donate at least $60 to savestoryland.com and tell your family and friends this is how you want to be celebrated. You don’t have to be 60 — all birthdays will work. To donate, go to savestoryland.com and click on the donations tab. Your gift will be doubled by a generous donor! What a great way to start a new decade!
CATHY CAPLES, FRESNO