Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
St. Jones Reserve to host ‘Arts in the Estuary’ Sept. 27
National Estuary Day event includes John Dickinson Plantation
and Delaware Native Plant Society’s Annual Plant Sale
DOVER (Sept. 22, 2014) – The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) will celebrate National Estuary Day and host the Delaware Native Plant Society’s Annual Native Plant Sale during “Arts in the Estuary,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission is free to the rain-or-shine event at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover and at the John Dickinson Plantation, located next door at 340 Kitts Hummock Road – two of the most treasured natural and cultural areas in Delaware.
“On National Estuary Day, we invite families to join us and spend the day experiencing the beauty of the St. Jones Reserve through the arts,” said Kimberly Cole, manager of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. “Families can discover the Reserve’s natural wonders, enjoy the artwork, activities and presentations and purchase a native plant for their own backyards.”
The event celebrates coastal and estuarine conservation, research and education at the Reserve, and highlights the Reserve’s work to establish, protect and manage estuarine habitats for research and education.
“Arts in the Estuary” features more than 15 artists, photographers, jewelers, wood carvers, pottery makers and exhibitors showcasing their work for sale amidst the lush landscape of the St. Jones Reserve. Visitors can view painting and carving demonstrations, speak to local artists, paint an estuary landscape and get tips on how to create their own piece of art. Children of all ages can demonstrate their talents by creating “Thank You Delaware Bay” art, painting with soils, making fish prints and doing other children’s activities.
Throughout the day, Em McKeever, a “classical guitarist gone haywire,” will perform folk, fingerstyle guitar, nature-themed music the whole family will enjoy. Also, Abbott’s Grill of Milford will offer food for sale.
At the John Dickinson Plantation, period artists and woodworkers will demonstrate their heirloom crafts, and costumed interpreters will guide visitors through the mansion and demonstrate the colonial art of preserving, smoking and pickling foods.
For more information about Arts in the Estuary, visit http://de.gov/dnerrarts.
The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) was established in 1993 to promote the stewardship and understanding of Delaware’s coastal areas through science and education. DNERR is a cooperative program between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Coastal Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the country. For more information, visit http://de.gov/dnerr, or check out DNERR’s Facebook and Twitter sites: http://www.facebook.com/DNERR/ and http://www.twitter.com/DNERR.
This project is part of DNREC’s Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development. For more information, click Delaware Bayshore.Vol. 44, No. 325