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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Depot Renovation Campaign to Host Community Picnic

Depot Building

Spend Earth Day enjoying a lunch picnic in the park with family and friends or settle in with dinner while listening to Gregg Gelb and his Heart of Carolina Jazz Band at Depot Park. Too busy to stop in? Grab a to-go box for the office or home. 

Downtown Sanford, Inc. (DSI), Visit Sanford, and the City of Sanford are pleased to announce One Picnic, One Depot, a community picnic planned for April 22, 2021. The event will offer two service times: 11:30-1:00 pm and 5:00-6:30 pm. All funds from the picnic will support renovation of the Sanford Depot.

“This is a fun chance to celebrate Sanford right in Depot Park with a meal prepared by our own downtown chefs and restaurants,” says Joni Martin, chair of the event and Director at Progressive Contracting Co. “Together, we can return the Depot to its rightful position of importance in the heart of Downtown right where it began.”

One Picnic, One Depot will be the second event for a capital campaign to raise funds to renovate the historic Depot Building. The goal of the campaign is to turn the building into the home of a state-of-the-art visitor center and provide offices for Visit Sanford’s Tourism Development Authority and Downtown Sanford, Inc (DSI). 

“We are excited to add to our One Depot events with a picnic this spring,” says DSI Executive Director Kelli Laudate. “We hope the event will encourage the community to help breathe new life into this historic building.”  

Eight local downtown chefs are collaborating on a specially prepared seasonal menu. Chef Greg Hamm, owner of Café 121 and Libations 139, took the lead in organizing a collaborative meal to highlight the best of each participating restaurant. The lunch and supper will be family friendly. Tickets are $20 for lunch and $25 for supper with the option of adding wine to your supper for $45.

“The Depot has a great history of welcoming visitors to the area, and the Sanford TDA is excited to be a part of a project that restores its use as a visitor’s center. We will be able to support our community, and the region, with visitor services and resources once the renovation is complete,” said Sanford TDA Executive Director Wendy Bryan.

A special thank you to Cafe 121, Kathy's Java Express, La Dolce Vita, Mrs. Wenger's Restaurant, Mrs. Lacy's Tea Room, The Chocolate Cellar, Gigi’s Creation, and Smoke & Barrel for donating their talents to the picnic meal. In addition, San-Lee Roofing and Construction, LLC, Miller Boles Funeral Home, Life 103.1, House of Lights, and John-Beverly sponsored this event. We ask that all participants adhere to social distancing.

To purchase tickets to One Picnic, One Depot, please contact Kelli Laudate at 919-718-4659 x1400, email, or visit To share the event on Facebook, visit

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