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A decade in the making, Waterford Mural Wall to be unveiled Saturday

Waterford — A public celebration for the new, permanently installed ceramic art mural at the town's Community Center will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.

The 11-foot-long installation, composed of 160 handcrafted and painted bas relief tiles created by artists Marion Grebow and Maria Willison, tells the story of Waterford through a display of notable places, people and historical events. The project was made possible by various donors, each of whom chose the design on a tile.

The Waterford Mural Wall Project started in 2010 as a fundraiser for Waterford Senior Services Endowment Fund, which helps seniors in need of emergency financial assistance. Organizers raised more than $50,000 for the fund along with funds for the Recreation and Park's Playground Fund.

"When I first heard about this tile wall project, I thought it was hopeless," said Nan Scheiber, a member of the Tile Wall Committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission. "I didn't think anyone in town would purchase a tile, and they wouldn't care what was put on the wall at the community center as long as they didn't have to pay for it or get involved. I am pleasantly surprised by the number of people who purchased tiles and how well the project turned out."

Saturday's event at the Community Center, located at 24 Rope Ferry Road, will include speakers and a first look at the mural. Masks and social distancing will be required.

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