October is shaping up to be a month full of celebration here at the Woods culminating with the grand celebration of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin on Oct. 25 and the start of the Sisters of Providence 175th anniversary celebration.

Join us for the 4th annual Harvest Dinner at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. This celebration is in the garden!

Join us for the 4th annual Harvest Dinner at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. All in the garden!

White Violet Center is delighted to kick things off with our 4th annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Valley’s best chefs are preparing a celebration feast using the bounty of our gardens and the larders of local purveyors of meats, cheeses and baked goods. Beer and wine crafted by local brewmasters and vintners will be served. And it will all take place in the garden. I can’t wait!

It’s a time to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of our considerable labor and to shine the light on this great ministry. I think it’s a celebration that our Saint Mother Theodore Guerin would truly enjoy. She loved these Woods! She called her fellow sisters the “Daughters of the Forest.”

The center’s namesake, the white violet, was the flower she chose to describe the rare and special gifts of her students in the academy and her sisters on these grounds. But mostly, I think, harvest time held such real significance to the very survival of her Congregation and its ministries that to be thankful in its successful and bountiful completion had to be among the best excuses to celebrate.

So join us! Drinks and appetizers begin at 5 p.m. and dinner is served at 6 p.m. It’s a fundraiser, so there is a silent auction, too. To reserve your seat or your table, call Robyn Morton at 812-535-2932 or email her at rmorton@spsmw.org. Sponsorships are also available. Give us a call for more information.