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May 2017

First Annual Earth Day Celebrated at Sheldrake Environmental Center

By Stephen E. Lipken


Rainy skies did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the approximately 200 citizens from Larchmont, Mamaroneck and surrounding communities attending the first annual Earth Day Celebration at Sheldrake Environmental Center, Larchmont on Saturday, April 22.


“This is the first year for the Earth Day Festival,” Sheldrake Environmental Center Executive Director Mary Ellen Kelly stated.  “We have had Fall Festivals that have gone on for any number of years and there used to be an Ice Cream Festival in the Spring…Families were enjoying the Fall Festival so well that we decided to try a Spring Festival.”


A fund-raising raffle featured chances to win 4 tickets to “Stony Pirates,” catered meals, rock climbing at New Rochelle Rock Club, with a child-sized camelback pack; Hand and Stone Spa, gift certificate from Magical Moments Dance Class, Sheldrake birthday parties and $200 certificate to Next Level Day Camp.


Due to rain, many arts exhibits moved indoors with entertainment by School of Rock House Band, Mamaroneck and notably, costume jewelry made from recycled “trash into treasures,” including a jewel box mosaic from a pizza box and eggs by Mari Margutti, originally from Brazil.


A Story Walk featured posted illustrations from Larchmont author Todd Harrington’s book, What are Trees for?, delineating the many functions of trees in Dr. Seuss-influenced rhymes.


Harrington noted that oak trees are “hotels,” housing 200-plus species of insects; birds and squirrels.


Offering rain barrels for $65, Town of Mamaroneck residents; $75 non-residents; roll able recyclables, $50 and rakes for $20, Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson mentioned that the Town had an Earth Day cleanup at the Hommocks Conservation Area into Flint Park and Waterfront Nature Trail.  “They collected over five square yards of recycling and trash…,” Seligson said.


The materials are available at the Town Recycling Center on Maxwell Avenue Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m.