For one weekend of the year, Saturday, October 24 from 11 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, October 25 from noon to 4 PM at Christ Church in Pawling, the Thomas Memorial Center of Christ Church is transformed into a delightful Great Swamp experience for eyes, ears, hands, and hearts. This year's Great Swamp Celebration promises to be a treat, featuring works from a juried competition for both artists and photographers called "Through Your Eyes". Some of the photographs, paintings, and drawings, as well as pottery, jewelry and textiles by local artists and crafts people, will not only be on display but for sale.
A favorite of many patrons, the children's art submitted by local school districts is imaginative, charming, and educational, filling an entire wall of the great room. This year, most of that art interprets four animals that make their homes in the Great Swamp: the unique and fascinating opossum; the often misunderstood Northern water snake; the big, beautiful Barred owl; and the shape and color-changing Red spotted newt. Also displayed will be the art and photography of high school students (ages 14-18) competing in the Tenth Annual Peter Dunlop Art Competition.
Beloved "Bob", the huge tortoise who pleased visitors as they came and left the celebration last year, will be back and available for "petting" and photo ops.
Not to be missed, the one-of-a-kind 25th Anniversary quilt designed and stitched by Board members of Friends of the Great Swamp will be on auction. FrOGS t-shirts and hats will be available, as well as a Great Swamp photo calendar (new!).
The Celebration always features free family-friendly educational programs, exhibits and presentations on both Saturday and Sunday. You will be able to find where you live in the Great Swamp watershed, as well as compare your "wingspan" with birds that live here. The fireplace room will feature informative presentations about the Great Swamp, our interesting turtles, and pointers for art and photography in the Swamp. Jim Eyring will bring his birds of prey to teach about the lives and adaptations of these specialized birds. Cherie Ingraham of "Chuckie Goodnight" will help young artists make their own clay sculptures of a Great Swamp critter. The popular Build-a-Bug activity will be back, as well as an interactive educational display about watersheds and one about the insects that help us determine the water quality of streams in the Great Swamp.
Come join us!