Hundreds Attend Go Green Day In Pound Ridge

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Maria Oertel from Pied Piper Pony Rides & Zoos stands with a pony named Willie.
Maria Oertel from Pied Piper Pony Rides & Zoos stands with a pony named Willie. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Inside the big globe: Velya Jancz-Urban (left), with Jamie Perna (right) and her niece, Isabelle Perna.
Inside the big globe: Velya Jancz-Urban (left), with Jamie Perna (right) and her niece, Isabelle Perna. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
The big globe, called the Earth Balloon, in the library at Pound Ridge Elementary School.
The big globe, called the Earth Balloon, in the library at Pound Ridge Elementary School. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
6-year-old Charlotte Moor pets one of the animals at the petting zoo.
6-year-old Charlotte Moor pets one of the animals at the petting zoo. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A petting zoo was among the attractions for Pound Ridge Go Green Day.
A petting zoo was among the attractions for Pound Ridge Go Green Day. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
A Tesla Model S on display for Pound Ridge Go Green Day.
A Tesla Model S on display for Pound Ridge Go Green Day. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Joseph and Andrea Edgar attend Pound Ridge Go Green Day with their son, Vance.
Joseph and Andrea Edgar attend Pound Ridge Go Green Day with their son, Vance. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Tim Reddy from Pied Piper Pony Rides & Zoos handles a petting zoo chicken.
Tim Reddy from Pied Piper Pony Rides & Zoos handles a petting zoo chicken. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Elyce Jacobson and Shaka Davidson from Skinny Buddha, one of the vendors.
Elyce Jacobson and Shaka Davidson from Skinny Buddha, one of the vendors. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Ivy Yuan from Asia Hamachi, one of the vendors.
Ivy Yuan from Asia Hamachi, one of the vendors. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Frankie Fazzinga from Conte's, one of the vendors.
Frankie Fazzinga from Conte's, one of the vendors. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Left to right: James Best and Dennis Mele at the Pound Ridge Partnership table.
Left to right: James Best and Dennis Mele at the Pound Ridge Partnership table. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Left to right: Olivia Hopf and Erin Scanlan at the Frannie's Goodie Shop table.
Left to right: Olivia Hopf and Erin Scanlan at the Frannie's Goodie Shop table. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Left to right: Annie Thom and Deb Benjamin at the Pound Ridge Garden Club table. Thom is the garden club's president and Benjamin is its vice president.
Left to right: Annie Thom and Deb Benjamin at the Pound Ridge Garden Club table. Thom is the garden club's president and Benjamin is its vice president. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

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. 

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