Crayton honored on 40th anniversary of Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful

lfabian@macon.comApril 10, 2014 

Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Comission founder Carolyn Crayton was nearly speechless Wednesday evening when she was honored for launching the effort 40 years ago. The woman who also founded the Cherry Blossom Festival was presented with an original painting of the headquarters built with a donation from YKK. Video by Liz Fabian.

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Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission founder Carolyn Crayton likes to stay in the loop when it comes to beautification efforts.

That’s why she was nearly speechless Wednesday evening when she was honored during a Cherry Blossom volunteer reception at the Blacksmith Shop in downtown.

“I’m in shock! Oh, how wonderful,” Crayton said. “This was a total surprise.”

Crayton, who also founded the Cherry Blossom Festival 32 years ago, was presented with an original painting of “The Pink House” -- the Cherry Street headquarters for the festival and commission.

The gift is in honor of this year’s 40th anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Jake Ferro, CEO of the festival, said the artist painted the facade just days after the building opened through a gift from Y.K.K. in 1991.

“It was in hiding for a number of years,” Ferro said. “It’s never been printed.”

Crayton also thanked the organizations for her surprise honor and recognition during the annual awards luncheon last month.

“I don’t know how they did it without me knowing it,” Crayton said. “I try to find to find out what’s going on, you know that.”

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