UND Center for Community Engagement

Ruth, Day 3 – Regent

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

Today our service project was helping Gary Greff clean up the almost-finished rooms in the Enchanted Castle so that the workers could start moving furniture into them.  We started out bright and early and split into teams to tackle as many rooms as we could before we had to eat lunch.  After lunch, we got an information session with Mr. Greff about how and why he started building the sculptures.  

     I was really impressed because he stared this huge project simply to save the town of Regent from dying.  Coming back after fifteen years, he found that the once stable town was in danger of disappearing.  To try to stop this from happening, he decided to build larger-than-life sculptures on the highway leading to Regent in hopes to getting more traffic into the town.

     He said that he’d only wanted the sculptures on the Enchanted Highway to take three years in total to complete and assemble.  Now, 20 years later, he’s still working to create sculptures with limited help so that his projects will bring more people to visit Regent.  Now, his Enchanted Castle will bring busloads of people, not only for being able to visit the only castle in North Dakota, but also to visit the dinner theatre he hopes to get running.

     After learning about Mr. Greff’s history with Regent, we toured the county museum.  In one of the buildings, the interior was set up exactly as the original owner had once had it.  I thought the coolest thing was the soda-jerking station, and Don, the person who runs the museum, said that it was one of only four surviving stations.

     Regent really impressed me with it’s charm and heart.  The members of the community was spoke to were so welcoming and kind, that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it.  I’m definitely planning to return.

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