Annual rock lighting event at The Garden set for Sunday, Oct. 1

For the past nine years, the candle lighting at The Garden, a popular attraction located at 1411 Rome Road behind the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Calhoun, has fascinated hundreds of people looking to experience the “peaceful, healing place to meet with God and other people.” Visitors call the annual lighting “quite magical” and “peaceful.”

It’s that time again of year again, and it’s only once a year that the annual lighting takes place. Surrounded by hand built stone castles, beautiful foliage and a stream, The Garden will be lit during the annual event this Sunday, Oct. 1, beginning at 7:10 p.m.

According to organizers, at least 300 visitors each year visit the annual lighting. Hundreds of candles will be provided at the ceremony to place along the pathways and in the miniature stone buildings in The Garden.

The Garden, which is owned by the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church, began after organizer “Old Dog” Boyd first moved to Calhoun and began attending the church; he talked to a groundskeeper and asked to make the garden, which he has worked on since. Boyd, an artist by trade, said he gave himself the name Old Dog because an old dog is as devoted to his master as he is to God.

The folk art rock village covers an acre, including 50 miniature rock buildings, flowers and greenery. The structures are all hand crafted from tiny stones, pebbles, shells, odd pieces of broken glass and china, rocks, ceramic tile and cement. There are miniature-sized churches, houses, castles, a monastery and a building modeled after the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, with stained-glass windows.

The family-friendly event is free to the public. For more information, call 706-263-1937.