Open on Sundays from 1-4pm
By John W. Cronin, President
Garden City Bird Sanctuary, Inc.
On Saturday, January 9, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS) celebrated the 8th annual Winterfest holiday to honor their supporters and volunteers. Jodi Wood and her son, Donovan Wood, were presented with the “Volunteer of the Year Award” for 2015. Donovan is in 8th grade and was volunteering as part of the requirement to join the National Junior Honor Society. Jodi Wood is retired from the Nassau Co. Police Department and had been in the Army serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
They were the gate attendants at the Tree Dedication Ceremony in September. Jodi greeted the visitors. Donovan distributed the programs for the event and helped set up the chairs as well as the refreshment table. Both mother and son were eager to come back to do some cleanup. The pair returned for a few months and had no problem getting “getting their hands dirty.” They expressed their desire to return and volunteer some more time and talents when we reopen in March. They are the type of volunteers the GCBS welcomes and we want to express our gratitude for all their help.
Garden City Bird Sanctuary to Host Spring Benefit Yardsale
The Garden City Bird Sanctuary 2016 Spring Benefit Yardsale will take place on Saturday, April 30th from 9 AM to 3 PM at the bird sanctuary, opposite 181 Tanners Pond Road. The raindate is the next Saturday, May 7th. Consider doing your spring cleaning, and then selling items that you no longer need at the yardsale. Your unwanted item could become someone else’s treasure! Spaces for sellers are available for rent. The size of each space is 10 X 17 feet, which can accommodate one car while leaving sufficient area for display of items for sale. For further information, email Garden City Bird Sanctuary directors Liz Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Annette Seltzer at email@example.com, or call Liz at 516-248-8447.
The rental fees are used for maintenance, site improvements and programs conducted by the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Annual Dedication Ceremony at Garden City Bird Sanctuary
Caption: GCBS Vice President Elizabeth Bailey welcomes the crowd. Photo by June Fay.
Caption: Minister George Bashian of the Garden City Community Church offers some reflections. The Will Sing for Food band is in the background. Photo by June Fay.
The Garden City Bird Sanctuary held its annual dedication ceremony last Saturday, September 19th. In this ceremony, the bird sanctuary gratefully recognized families and friends who donated a tree and/or a bench within the last year. Elizabeth Bailey, Vice President, opened the ceremony by welcoming the donors and their families and friends. The donors of each item were acknowledged:
- A tree and a bench were donated in memory of Peter Cohn by his parents Paul & Francie, brother Michael, sister Jenny, and friends.
- A tree was donated in memory of Terry Hensley by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonel Aaron Chapter in Garden City. Terry Hensley’s mother, June Fay, is a member of that chapter.
- A tree was donated in memory of Charlie Koester by his family.
- A tree and a bench were donated in memory of Stephanie and Dolores Scalchunes by William Scalchunes.
- A tree was donated in honor of Eagle Scout Paul Szenher from his family, friends and Boy Scouts of America Troop 93.
- A tree was donated in memory of Scoutmaster Christopher P. Miller from the Eagle Scout Project of Paul Szenher.
WINTERFEST: A CELEBRATION OF OUR HEADS, HEARTS, AND HANDS
By John W. Cronin,
President of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Environmental Center
Our Founder, past president, and current member on the Board of Directors, Mr. Rob Alvey, turned a nine-acre storm water basin full of junk into a shining jewel of environmental stewardship. He has the gift of leading with head, heart and hands. He then inspired the rest of us to follow, bringing our talents to sustain what he started. However, everyone does not have talents in all three areas, like Rob Alvey.
Volunteers leading with their heart love our work fervently. After a vision has been established, they eagerly set out to spread the word and invite others to join. Their passion is contagious and inspires people. They volunteer to help out at various functions, like Halloween Fest, and encourage everyone to attend. You can find them at most of our events.
It is my honor to invite all who wish to be there to the seventh annual Winterfest, the GCBS/TPEC’s own holiday that celebrates these wonderful characteristics and our supporters; “people of good will” is a phrase you will hear quite a lot at our ceremonies!
Winterfest begins at 4 p.m. as twilight approaches. As our supporters file in, there is warm coco to drink as we fill the birdfeeders and put up some decorations for our fine feathered friends. About 4:30 p.m., we have a poem recitation around our newly planted trees. Then we culminate the event with our Candle-lighting Ceremony in which we have the “Great Telling.” Just as some Native Americans have a ceremony that describes the history of their tribe, the Directors tell the story of the GCBS and Winterfest itself. Each Director tells a part of the story. During the ceremony we will publicly honor one or two of our outstanding helpers and then remember with gratitude both the persons who dedicated trees in 2014 for someone special (either in honor or in memoriam) and those people for whom they were planted.
At Winterfest we also remember the past year’s accomplishments and dream of the ones to come in 2015. We celebrate Winterfest in the middle of the gloomiest time of the year when the days are short, the nights are bitter cold, and nature sleeps in the seeming throes of death. Why? Because our message of hope is “All Winters Must Come to an End.” Not only will the seasonal winter pass to a new springtime of life, but the various “winters” in our lives will also pass. The winter of health problems, financial worries, relationship problems, work related problems—all these “winters” will eventually end. The great religions of the world tell us that the winter of death itself is not the end of us, but a passing into a new life. As long as we donate our talents to the best of our God-given ability to make the world a better place, things will work out. Winterfest is an opportunity for a communal hope that things will be better this coming year and allows people to focus on what unites us, rather than divides us.
Winterfest shall take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the front gate of the GCBS opposite 181 Tanners Pond Road regardless of the weather. The event is free and open to the general public. Hope to see you all there with heads, hearts, and hands united!
A brief bit of news - with a video link from FIOS TV on the GC Bird Sanctuary