Article in Delhi Press
Spring has sprung and to celebrate the Western Wildlife Corridor is teaming up with the College of Mount St. Joseph to host the seventh annual Wildflower Festival 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the college gymnasium.
Admission is free to the festival and there will be many activities for children and adults to enjoy, Western Wildlife Corridor President Tim Sisson said.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn the resources of the region,” he said. “There will be native plants and wildflowers for sale, information about how to be energy efficient, raffles, a painting class, crafts, pottery and activities for kids.”
Western Wildlife Corridor artist Sally Anderson will demonstrate how to paint wildflowers and a chipmunk. The class is free, but people should register before the festival.
Fundraising chairwoman and Sisson’s sister Rebecca said there will be 45 vendors and food can be bought in the college’s food court.
“This year we’re incorporating more craft vendors,” she said. “There will be natural jewelry, butterfly wing jewelry, silk prints and sculptures.”
Tim Sisson said the Western Wildlife Corridor has a good relationship with the college and their teamwork has helped make the event successful. This is the second year they’ve had the event at the College of Mount St. Joseph.
“We started out in the Delhi Lodge and then we moved to the senior center and then that became too small, we outgrew it, and we moved over to the college,” he said.
Involved with the Wildflower Festival is the College of Mount St. Joseph’s Environmental Action Committee.
“The Environmental Action Committee seeks out and welcomes partnerships, across the campus and within the community, because, most simply, we are all in this together,” committee member Bill Lonneman said. “If we’ve learned anything from both our faith traditions and the ecology movement it is that all life is interconnected and the best way to ensure a thriving environment is to recognize that fact and work together for the common good of all.”
In the meantime, Tim Sisson said the Western Wildlife Corridor is hard at work to make sure the Wildflower Festival is a success.
“We’re expecting a big crowd,” he said.
The group is still accepting vendors for the festival. Vendors should have a green or natural product or something nature oriented, Rebecca Sisson said. Fees are $25 for exhibitors, with a suggested donation of 10 percent of the proceeds to Western Wildlife Corridor. For more information or to sign up, call Rebecca Sisson at (859) 512-1983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the free painting class, call 353-2708. Visit www.westernwildlifecorridor.orgfor information about the festival and the Western Wildlife Corridor’s upcoming events.