You probably don't know who Stephen Blackwelder is, but you've been looking at the results of his handiwork for months now. He, and his wife JoAnne, were the owners of 128 Second Place, where Lantern now has its offices, and it was he who planted the huge cherry tree, whose blossoms
graced us this spring, the flowers
that bloomed as well, and the many trees that line our block.
He died on June 13, less than a year after leaving the house and garden he'd loving cared for for twenty-nine years. He was a raffish personality, who worked in the world of publishing—someone like yours truly, except with a lot more raffishness and probably a lot more work. Judging by the hundreds of folks who turned out for his memorial service, he'll be missed. But his garden and his house that we at Lantern enjoy every day will be his living memorial.