POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Several hundred people came to Pound Ridge Go Green Day, according to Peter Avellino, who came up with the idea for it and served as chair for its steering committee.
Avellino, who called the event “very successful,” talked about the information presented, including how to reduce water consumption, how to protect water, sustainability and landscaping.
Debbie Damascus, the town's receiver of taxes and a steering committee member, described the event as Pound Ridge's first attempt to “make people aware of the alternatives that they could have in their daily lives for their home, for how they live, how they eat,” adding it was a “great day” to learn about chickens and alternative gardening.
The green day, in its first year, was held at Pound Ridge Elementary School. Several local organizations had presences, including the Pound Ridge Library, Pound Ridge Partnership, Pound Ridge Garden Club, Mianus River Gorge, the Westchester Land Trust and the Wolf Conservation Center. Numerous attractions included a Tesla Model S parked outside, food from several area eateries, a pony, petting zoo and a giant globe placed inside the school's library. There was also live music in the school's cafeteria.
The globe is called the Earth Balloon and is from an organization called Earth Adventures. Velya Jancz-Urban, who is with Earth Adventures, talked about having educational classes inside the globe with kids.
Jamie Perna, who went inside the globe with her niece, brought up that she and her husband love to travel. She felt it was interesting to see the places that she has been to.
Towards the end of the event, there was a drawing for a raffle prize, which is to spend a weekend with a Tesla Model S. The prize, which was one of several listed, was won by Jason Klein, who lives in Rye Brook and works in Pound Ridge. Interviewed after winning, Klein was “excited” to be using an electric car.
Pound Ridge will have another major event soon. Pride Day, which is supported by the Pound Ridge Partnership, is set for May 4 at noon in Scotts Corners.