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Chestnut Ridge Conservancy announces more great events

Aug 18, 2016 | Arts & Culture

The Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, with the cooperation of the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, is proud to announce four more great events during the Summer of 2016.

On Friday, Aug. 19, the Conservancy will run its second outdoor movie on the hill —Disney’s Cars. The movie will start at sundown (approximately 8:15 p.m.) on the sledding hill. Bring your chairs, blankets, friends and family. Refreshments will be available. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown inside of the casino. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. The Conservancy always appreciates generous donations to their cause.

On Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m., the monthly Education Workshop will be held at the Ranger Station next to the tennis courts. This month’s topic is The Ecology of Lyme Disease. Experts have predicted an “up-tick” in the number of ticks infected with Lyme Disease and a corresponding increase in the number of humans also infected with the disease across the Northeast in 2017. Erie County Park Ranger Chuck Bartlett will talk about his time working in a prestigious lab that unraveled the fascinating ecologic relationships that made the prediction possible. Please note that starting in September, the monthly workshops will move to the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 8-11 is the second annual Summer Classic Tennis Tournament at the Ridge. This is an all-ages event. There will be singles, doubles and mixed doubles events. Registration is $25 for singles and $12.50 per player for doubles. Register online at ChestnutRidgeConservancy.org.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy is proud to present “Artify the Park.” A number of well-known local and regional artists, photographers and craftsmen will be at the park to demonstrate their techniques to everyone interested. They will also have a number of hands-on activities for families and even dogs! Visit ChestnutRidgeConservancy.org for more details. Most events are free; some crafts will include a nominal fee to cover costs.

Chestnut Ridge Park is one of Erie County’s five original parks, established in 1926. Its 1,231 acres are noted for its grassy hillside with impressive views of Lake Erie, Buffalo and Canada, its deep ravines, mature woodlands and unique natural feature, the “Eternal Flame” falls. The stone casino, which sits on the north-facing hillside near the main entrance, is a vintage Works Project Administration building, eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Chestnut Ridge Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) corporation which supports the restoration and preservation of the rich natural, recreational and historic resources that comprise Chestnut Ridge Park. It is a membership organization established in 2010 by dedicated individuals alarmed about government cuts to parks funding.

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