Thanks to this week's unseasonably warm weather, there is no ice on the pond, so no skating party on Sunday 2/3. We're hoping that the cold forecast for the next week makes a Sunday 2/10 party feasible. So put it on your calendar for Sunday 2/10 from 1 - 3 and check back here for an update late next week.
Sunday 2/10 Skating Party from 1 - 3.
Hot chocolate, hot dogs, and winter fun with friends and neighbors.
(Thanks to Dunkin' Donuts and HessExpress for their donations, and their willingness to postpone them for a week!)
Buckingham Pond Clean Up Day
Sunday October 21, 2012 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Meet at the parking lot
Rain Date Sunday 10/28.
Several projects are planned:
- Garbage pickup through out the park
- Installation of "storm drain medallions" on all catch basins that feed Buckingham Pond (see image below),
- General gardening and trimming
Removal of invasive species Phragmites - some folks may start working on the phragmites project before 1:00. If you'd like to participate in that, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you connected with the phragmites team
Some tools and plenty of garbage and leaf bags will be available. If you have tools of your own, please bring them. We're hoping to trim some of the more unruly hedges back if you have tools to help with that, it would be much appreciated. There is no electricity nearby.
You may have noticed Jack & Carl's shed is gone. Here's a picture of it on Thursday 9/27 as it was taken away. Jack tells us this is really good news. DGS will be giving him a new, bigger shed including electricity. That's also great news for us, since we currently run many feet of extension cords - all the way from Lenox Ave - when we need power for events at the parking lot.
A great time was had by all at the ice cream social on 9/9/2012.
About 250 people came together to learn about the pond, make music together and, of course, eat ice cream.
Sunday September 9 from 1 - 3 will be our Second Annual Ice Cream Social.
There will be *FREE* ice cream courtesy of the Stewart's Shop on New Scotland Avenue.
Ruth Pelham of the wonderful Music Mobile will be working with kids and adults to create instruments, make music and build community. We expect this to run from about 1 to 2:30.
We'll have a learn to fish clinic for kids hosted by Kristin Bonds, running all afternoon. We have a few poles to share, but bring one if you have it. Some of our poles were checked out from the Main Branch of the Albany Public Library. Did you know you coudl do that?
There will be guided nature walks of the pond throughout the afternoon led by wonderful local naturalists Sean & Jeena Madden. Kids and Adults both welcome! Please check in at the tables if you want to walk so we can get you connected. Walks are tentatively scheduled at 1:15 and 2:30 so you can still enjoy the Music Mobile festivities if you like.
Albany's own turtle expert - Todd Hunsigner - will be there to answer questions about turtles native to the pond and other areas of NYS.
- There will be a few perennials from our garden available for you to take home and incorporate into your garden. Or bring some from your garden to share with neighbors.
And of course, time to enjoy this special place with your friends and neighbors.
Food, friends, and fun - who could ask for anything more?
We could use a few volunteers to work with Ruth, and we are also hoping to find a few people to pull some invasive species early that morning. Get in touch if you can help out for an hour or so. email us at email@example.com