Energy picnic to take place at Community Center


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  • Photo by Roger Gavan One of the highlights of the day will be a display and auction/sale of fun and beautiful local birdhouse art. Clockwise from left, volunteer Rebecca Kenny, organizer Patrick Gallagher of Gallagher Solar, Community Center Program Director Pat Quinn, Executive Director Karen Thomas, Pre-School Director Cheryl Fox and Sustainable Warwick Chairman Geoff Howard.



— On Saturday, July 20, the Warwick Valley Community Center and Sustainable Warwick will sponsor the first annual Birdhouse Auction and Energy Picnic under a giant tent on the grounds of the Center at 11 Hamilton Avenue.

A selection of healthy foods and refreshments as well as traditional summer treats like our locally famous sausage and peppers will be served up for everyone’s feasting enjoyment. And there will be music and dancing.

Food and entertainment will be free of charge and all are welcome.

Energy audits
During the day members of Sustainable Warwick will explain energy audits and help anyone interested in reducing their energy bills learn about all the great options available to make your home more comfortable and affordable. Learn how simple it is, especially before winter, to take advantage of a fabulous new program that is available at no cost, which allows you to insulate and make other energy saving home improvements with little or no money out of pocket.

Sustainable Warwick sponsors and maintains a beautiful organic community garden and community orchard. And tours of the garden and orchard will be available the day of the picnic.

Representatives of green energy provider Viridian will also be on hand for interested parties.

Birdhouse auction

One of the highlights of the day will be a display and auction/sale of fun and beautiful local birdhouse art. All proceeds will go to the Warwick Valley Community Center.

The Community Center, also known as the Doc Fry Center, offers music, dance, art, yoga, drumming, volley ball, teen center, drug and alcohol prevention programs, gatherings for birthdays, graduations and anniversaries as well as movies just to name some of the activities open to the public throughout the year.

The award-winning center is considered by many to be the premier community center in Orange County.

“It’s always a challenge to bring in those extra dollars that mean so much to our efforts to effectively serve the communities needs,” said Community Center Director Karen Thomas. “Please come to our picnic and see these beautiful bird house works of art.”

Several months ago, Patrick Gallagher of Gallagher Solar helped organize an assembly line of volunteers who, thanks to contributions from local lumberyards, were able to build about 80 “birdie domiciles.” They were then turned over to local artists and artisans to be painted and decorated.

About 65 have been returned so far and the results are nothing short of spectacular.

“It’s an amazing collection and we are very thankful for everyone’s help and cooperation in building, crafting, decorating and returning these sculptural fund raisers,” said Gallagher. “However, the last call for artists who still have birdhouses to return is now, right now. We urge you to help us reach our goal.”


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