ABERDEEN resident Rhonda Fry adores her town.
So much so, she's hoping to establish a community vegetable garden in the grounds of the old Presbyterian Church in MacQueen Street.
And, to enable her to achieve that goal, she's opening the doors of her heritage home at 13 Segenhoe Street to the public for a Vintage Fair and Fashion Parade on Sunday, March 31.
Between 10am and 2pm, locals can enjoy music from Vegas Groove, displays and stalls of numerous antique items and clothing, tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes, as well as a sausage sizzle, manned by the Aberdeen Lions Club.
For good measure, at a cost of $5 per person, a guided tour of "Blairmore" is available, too.
The money raised will go towards the community vegetable garden.
"I've been in this home for two-and-a-half years but I don't feel like I own it," Ms Fry said.
"I consider myself very lucky.
"It was built in the late 1800s - and is steeped in history, which I'm currently looking into.
"I'm also in the process of changing the name (St Austell) back to Blairmore.
"Even though I've opened it up before [to people], it's the first time I've hosted a fundraiser.
"I spent my early years on a dairy farm, and I'm into sustainability, so setting up a community garden in town means a lot to me.
"I love food, hate waste," she added with a laugh.
"I have a passion for sewing as well, so I've made bags for people to put their goods in.
"It [the garden] will be a great thing for Aberdeen, too - a lot of residents are keen to be involved.
"And, I believe it will engage the community."
With the home adorning numerous family antiques, as well as traces of Ms Fry's Aboriginal heritage, there will be plenty to keep onlookers interested.
"I've done a fair bit of overseas aid work in the past - and collected many things," she said.
"But, at the end of the day, I grew up in a small country town (similar to Aberdeen), so it's nice to put something back into the community."
To enter the grounds on March 31, there is a $5 entry fee.
For more information about the day, or to inquire about a stall, contact Rhonda on 0457 245 132 or Deb at Sew Scone on 0467 055 712.
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