It felt like a hot summer day, but that didn’t stop more than 300 people from coming out to enjoy the Sheldrake Environmental Center’s Spring Festival on Sunday, May 1.
Visitors were welcomed by live music performed by the Larchmont Music Academy flute choir, string choir and various quartets. The live music mingling with the cooling sounds of water rushing over rocks let you know right away you had escaped the suburban hustle and bustle and entered a nature sanctuary.
There was something for everyone to appreciate – from exploring pond life and trails with Sheldrake’s naturalists to recycled arts and crafts, Ikebana demonstrations and compost information. One popular spot was the display of aerial photos of the property brought by Liz Paul of the town of Mamaroneck Conservationist Department.
“There is so much more here than we expected,” commented Jill Breen as her children took in the animal show, got their faces painted and explored the nature trails. Larchmont crafty-mom, Richela Morgan, showed visitors how to make puppet-people out of old cereal boxes, a project that had Mackenzie Seward busily working away and proclaiming, “This one is me and this is my friend Sasha.”
Nine-year-old Molly Feldman was helping younger kids poke around the water – perhaps a future-naturalist in the making.
Jennifer Jensen Carpenter, the creator of the Westchester Master Composter and Recycler Program and a Sheldrake board member was on hand to provide tips on composting and to share information about Sheldrake’s garden. When all else was being packed up at the end of the day, kids were still working away at making flowers out of coffee filters, a craft set-up by Joann Dinowitz, a recent Master Composter and Recycler graduate.
There is more nature exploration to come with “Sundays at Sheldrake” beginning this Sunday at 2pm. The programs will be offered for the next 5-weeks on topics such as Signs of Spring, Frog Slog and Beautiful Butterflies.
More information about upcoming programs and volunteer opportunities can be found by calling 834-1443 or at: www.sheldrakecenter.org.