MOONLIT STREAM STROLL
Stroud Center kicked off the busy fall season with a Moonlit Stream Stroll on Friday, September 25. Trish Scott and Anne Stroud, who generously sponsored this event, were jealous of the kids’ stream stroll in 2014, so they wanted one just for adults in 2015! The chilly evening was perfect for a hike along White Clay Creek with Bern, s’mores and a bonfire. Upon their return, the stream strollers chatted merrily about American Chestnuts, American eels and all the creatures that come out of the streams in the evening.
A repeat performance in May has been requested, so stay tuned!
On October 9, we toasted to freshwater research, education and restoration during the Stroud Uncorked event. The Friday afternoon’s torrential downpours didn’t dampen partygoers’ spirits; we moved the party inside, where attendees toasted to the festivities with their party favors, a stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint cup.
They enjoyed libations from Evil Genius Brewing Company, Galer Estates and Winery, Kennett Brewing Company, Tito’s Vodka, Victory Brewing Company, and Yard’s Brewery. The hors d’oeuvres showcased a variety of local restaurants. Thanks to Archie’s, Buck Run Farms, The Cake Crafter, Capriotti’s, Éclat Chocolate, The Farmhouse, Landhope Farms, Midway Grill, Sovana Bistro, Talula’s Table, Yo’r So Sweet, and The Whip Tavern.
The Rose Project, an edgy folk rock band from Kennett Square, provided the entertainment. Creatively carved pumpkins acknowledged the event’s sponsors: LabWare, Fusco Enterprises, Legal Internet Solutions Incorporated, Studio 882 Furniture + Design and Stephen and Linda Gross.
THE JOAN AND DICK STROUD MEMORIAL LECTURE PRESENTS LAST CALL AT THE OASIS
Not letting grass grow under our feet, the following weekend we hosted the Joan and Dick Stroud Memorial Lecture at the Unionville High School Auditorium. Attendees enjoyed a powerful documentary, Last Call at the Oasis, which highlighted the issues and solutions surrounding the world’s water crises. Attendees were warmed by hot apple cider on the first chilly fall evening and left the event musing about ways to conserve one of our world’s most precious resources: fresh water.
In the closing remarks by Bern Sweeney, attendees learned about some new and exciting Stroud Center projects coming in 2016. Our sponsors for the evening — Calico, Arthur Hall Insurance and TE Connectivity Foundation — helped us to reach a wider audience with our documentary.
Before we wrap up the year, we invite you to join us for our last two events on the 2015 calendar. On November 4, nationally acclaimed artist Greg Mort will present The Art of Stewardship and talk about how he and other artists connect with nature. Then on November 19, join us as we award the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence to Alexandra Cousteau at our annual gala, The Water’s Edge.