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Great Swamp Celebration and Art and Photography Contest

Join FrOGS (Friends of the Great Swamp) for a day of art, family fun and Celebrate the Great Swamp! Jim Eyring, master falconer, brings his Hawks and Owls and other ‘Birds of Prey” and fly his falcons if weather permits. Other educational activities include a hands-on macro-invertebrate exhibit, bird feeder building in conjunction with Ct Audubon, Native plantings for Birds and Butterflies with Julia Brine of the Brine Gardens.

The Art and Photography Exhibit features the winning entries of local artists. The show charms all with its imaginative vision and creative concepts. Work in, photography, landscapes and visions in oils and watercolors, collage, natural materials and pottery express each artist’s vision. Over 60 professional artists participate. Twelve schools will be submitting works too, bringing a younger generation’s interpretation of the Great Swamp. “ We have always wanted children’s participation because children are our future”, said Edie Keasbey and Art Show Committee member.

The Great Swamp Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 11 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday, October 20 from Noon to 4:00 PM at the Thomas Memorial Center at Christ Church, 17 Church Street. on Quaker Hill in Pawling, NY. The location is spectacular with western views of magnificent fall foliage on the distant hills and of course, the Swamp.

The Great Swamp is one of New York State’s best kept secrets. Stretching over 6,000 acres in Dutchess and Putnam counties, the Swamp is the largest and most impressive wetlands in the region. Yet, despite its vast range it remains little known to those outside its boundaries. People are awed by it. They have no ides that this 20-mile long masterpiece sits right in their back yard, said Judy Kelly-Moberg, educational director of FrOGS.

The Celebration provides a wonderful day for all family members!

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