Imagine sipping a cup of cider while listening to a strumming guitar and strolling through an art exhibit. Or enjoying a candlelit twilight labyrinth walk surrounded by buzzing cicadas and butterflies.

These delights and more await at the TreeHuggers Ball at the Mariandale Center. On September 23rd from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm, visitors are invited to take in the views, enjoy light fare and local seasonal beverages (think fall Hudson Valley!), vie for a tree-themed gift basket and surprises, enjoy a candlelit twilight Labyrinth Walk, and browse art exhibits. The Art of Trees, an exhibit featuring the artistic works of local artists Sherry Mayo, Karen Allen, and Lana Yu will be featured in two exhibits in the center. All of the work is for sale (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Mariandale Center).

As visitors peruse the various offerings, live music will be provided by Wind and the Why, an NYC-based indie folk band featuring Therese Anderberg and Emily Casey.

“Trees are the perfect symbol of life-giving power and the richness of community. Trees nourish and sustain one another in forests and yards, as communities do,” says Jane Hanley, the Executive Director of the Center. “The Mariandale Center celebrates trees this season with an art show, a writing retreat, and, of course, a TreeHuggers Ball.”

“We’re looking forward to seeing new faces and long-time friends to share information about our commitment to environmental care, from local issues, such as invasive species, to global issues, such as clean power,” she adds.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true celebration without the people who make the Center dynamic. Thus, during the event, the Mariandale Center will honor two of its valued volunteers: Bernice McCann and Jim Nordgren. Ms. McCann is a strong and dedicated volunteer who leads in land project improvement at The Mariandale Center. She has helped our land, trees, gardens, and ecosystem thrive with her own hard work. Mr. Nordgren is the head of JN Land Trust Services in North Salem, NY. He helped the Dominican Sisters of Hope and Mariandale by submitting a land description and proposed management plan, and advised us on removal of invasive species. He is a true friend to the environment.

Attendees are asked to register for this event ahead of time. Online reservations at $40 per person can be made on Mariandale’s website, or by phone at (914) 941-4455 x0. These reservations must be made before the event; they will not be sold at the door. Mariandale also welcomes sponsors of the event for $250.

Date & Time: Sun., Sept. 23, from 4:30 to 7pm
Presenter: The Mariandale Center
Ticket Price: $40 (Please note: If you are buying for several people, we will need their names prior to the event. Thank you.)