Monday, April 13, 2009

Honoring the Earth

On Saturday, April 18th the Ashokan Center invites the public to enter a magical doorway to nature at its “Honoring the Earth” Celebration. With this day-long event, the Ashokan Center shines its spotlight on a host of April observances centering on our connection to and stewardship of the Earth: Earth Day on the 22nd, Arbor Day on the 24th, National Environmental Education Week from April 12-18th and April’s No Child Left Inside Days.

“This spring time of renewal is also a time to recognize and celebrate all that our planet provides,” said Deborah DeWan, Director of Community Relations. “Since the Ashokan Foundation took over the site from SUNY New Paltz a year ago and the Ashokan Center was formed to continue environmental education and cultural programs, we’ve been working to engage the public more in the many wonderful ways to experience Ashokan, and we think this year’s Honoring the Earth celebration will be pretty special.”

Honoring the Earth will be held from 10 am to 5 pm at the Ashokan Center’s bucolic campus with a special early morning bird walk at 6:30 am being offered by pre-registration. At 10 am the official opening ceremony will be led by Barbara Threecrow followed by a discussion about “Where We Are in the World Today.” Throughout the day there will be naturalist led walks and hikes, forest and watershed ecology programs, Native Earth Skills, fiber arts and traditional crafts, Earthball games, and music of renowned American Roots musicians and Ashokan’s co-founders Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

“As the Center continues to expand its music and arts themes, Honoring the Earth and new events such as Civil War Weekend over Memorial Day holiday, and the Catskill Mountain Eco-Heritage Festival (Labor Day Weekend) will continue to make their way onto our palate of offerings,” said Jay Ungar, “giving the greater community more opportunities to behold what a magnificent place Ashokan is for nature, history, music, and the arts throughout all four seasons.”

Admission is $5 per person with children under 5 free. Group discounts are available. For more information and to sign up for the bird walk visit Ashokan Center’s website at, or call (845) 657-8333 x14.

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