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Lobster, Steak, Salmon, Veggies & More! PLUS our famous Silent Auction and a beautiful view See the Westport News item here!   THANKS to Westfair Lobster dinner (DELICIOUS!), clams and mussels (also delicious!), and our members' appetizers and deserts, we had a delectable, delightful eve among friends! And THANKS to our CT state legislators who have adopted the Park, and especially those who so generously supported our efforts to make this event successful and fun (see if you can pick them out in the photos below; hint: Gail Lavielle, Jim Marpe, Jonathan Steinberg, Gordon Joseloff and Tony Hwang attended!).   PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS WHO GAVE SO MUCH TO OUR FAMOUS SILENT AUCTION:   Shorefest 2019 Silent Auction Main Catalogue 1 - Double L Market 730 Post Road East. Westport 203-557-4705 A basket of ULTRA-FRESH fruit and vegetables AND a book on Martha Stewart signed by author Lloyd Allen. Value: $100 3 - Gruel Britannia. 2217 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824 Phone: (203) 292-6466 A basket of treats and a gift card for a full English breakfast for 4. Value $200 4 - Pearl Restaurant 260 Compo Rd S, Westport, CT 06880 (203) 557-6260 Dinner for two Value $100 5- Trio of Posh Spa and Nail Gift Cards 3 manicure gift cards. Value $60 6 - Staples Players MAMMA MIA Tickets 2 tickets to see Westport’s renowned high school theater program present MAMMA MIA in November. Value $40 7 –Edgehill Retirement Community - A Benchmark Signature Living Community Plant & Planter Made by Chrysalis Design Services. Value $200 8 - Flower Hour 1 hour consulting session with a Master Gardener. Value $80 10 - Bartaco 20 Wilton Rd, Westport, CT 06880  (203) 222-8226 Dinner for two. Tax, tip, and alcohol not included. Value $100  Age of Reason: 9 Post Rd W, Westport, CT 06880 (203) 557-3772 9 -Whimsical Throw Pillow  White throw pillow with bold color graphics and word art. Value $30 12 - Tiggly Learning Toy From Age of Reason. Includes three educator and parent endorsed apps for iPad. Value $35 13 - Child's Backpack From Age of Reason. Brown child's backpack with skateboarder graphic. Value $36 14 - Field Owl Photo Framed photo by A J Hand. Value $125 15 - Chowdafest Includes two tickets, two caps, and two tins for samples. Value $100 Trader Joe’s: 400 Post Rd E, Westport, CT 06880 Phone: (203) 226-8966 16 – Breakfast Basket & In-Home Personal Training Wake up right! A bounty of Trader Joe's breakfast items and a 60- minute private workout in your home. Value $115 17 - Bag of Goodies Stock your larder with items from Trader Joe’s. Value $50 18 - "A Celebration by Melisa" Dinner - Three course catered dinner for four featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients. Value $300 19 - Westport Country Playhouse 2 tickets to your choice of the 5 plays in the 2020 Season. Any performance except Saturday night. Value: $140 20 - Watercolor Print by Tracy Sugarman A print of a watercolor painting of the Gault Barn by Westport artist Tracy Sugarman. Value $150 21 - Pamper Yourself Spa Basket A basket of Mary Kay cosmetics. $75 22 - BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROL KING

With Michele Sorensen! Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island.    .                .       .  .                        .   .   . .   

A nice peaceful day on Sherwood Island for our Purple Martins, several of whom have flying insects in their mouths, ready to feed their babies nestled in our very special bird houses--er, gourds. .   .   A slight disruption, however, as Tina Green brings one of the Gourd structures down to earth.   .   .   Tina expertly supervises the extraction and categorizing of the baby chicks.             The chicks are put into special buckets, which are labeled with their nest numbers, and brought up to the Nature Center to be (painlessly) banded, registered and weighed--all in the name of science and conservation. You can see Darcy Sledge's incredible videos here:   Birds get banded     Birds get catalogued    Birds get weighed  .       .                    .                       After all the work is done--it takes a long time!--everyone gathered for snacks and roll-ups from Roly Poly.           AND THANKS! To our wonderful DEEP wildlife biologists Laurie Fortin and Brian Hess--and their volunteers. Not to mention THANKS to Tina and our Nature Center Interns. And a special thanks also to Milan Bull, Senior Director of Science and Conservation at CT Audubon Society, for helping our dream of bringing Purple Martins to Sherwood Island to become reality. In fact, we have a big event coming up next Sunday, July 14 featuring a slide show presentation on Purple Martins by Miley: