Nearly 100 people turned out on a dreary, cool day at the Dwyer Park Pavilion for the 8th Annual Water Festival. And everyone had a good time. Hot dogs were snapped up as quickly as they could come off the grill and almost all of the “dishes to pass” were cleaned out by the end of the afternoon. Fresh coffee and donut holes, donated by the local Dunkin’ Donuts were enjoyed along with other baked treats as people tapped their toes to Colleen Kattau and Dos XX.
A variety of information and presentations were available from numerous organizations, including Solarize Central NY, Lake Bottom Blankets, Project Watershed and NYSFOLA. Each of the lakes and C-OFOKLA had information available, including branded merchandise from Tully Lake and a presentation on Little York’s “Melee With the Milfoil”.
Tom Hughes ran a bluebird box-building activity, provided by the state Parks Department in cooperation with the New York Bluebird Society (see more here). More than a dozen kids go into the act and went home with a completed bluebird box. One parent commented after the event that “my daughter had a great time building the birdhouse – that was a hit for sure.”
The first annual “End of Summer” photo contest was held with 31 entries from 14 people. Water Festival attendees selected the winner by voting during the picnic. Evelyn Petite of Tully Lake noted that “it is so difficult to pick one, they are all so good.” Congratulations to Jim Anderson for winning with his entry titled “The Morning Sun”. You can see all of the entries here.
All in all, the day was a great success. Several first-time visitors noted that they will definitely put it on their calendars for next year.
Thanks to our Watershed Partner CNY Land Trust and Corporate Partners AXI Digital, CH2M, and Pall Corporation for helping to make this possible.
See the full set of photos here.