Public Lands Day

The Lehigh Valley Wood-Chuckers were invited by The Friends of Allentown Parks to play art of Public Lands Day. This was held at Jordan Park in Allentown on September 25th. Volunteers were going to be in the park all day sprucing it up. They removed trash, painted outbuildings, cleared shrub and planted new foilage and flowers. As a special rward and to provide a bread from the work, The Wood-Chuckers would provide boomerang demonstrations and lessons from noon to 3PM.

Members participating were Rob Stewart, James Fernandes, Barb and Dave Hendricks and newest member, Curt.  It was quite windy and we were challenged to keep the boomerangs close to us, sometimes catching was impossible. Here is James hauling one in.

We had a surprising number of left hand throwers show up. Fortunately I had one of my trusty Vortex booms in left hand for them to use. Here is one new thrower firing off the Vortex.

Although it was windy and the field was small, we didn’t lose any boomerangs. Well, James hung a Kilamanjaro in a tree but knocked it out with a baseball. Since there were many newbies, we made sure to have some backyarder boomerangs handy. Here is one young lady volunteer trying ne out.

Between 2 and 3 Rob, Curt and James had to leave for other committments. I worked with the last group of volunteers untill 3 and then was going to get ready to leave. Well, Karen, the person running the whole day, came over to tell me that she had a group of local high school students that had worked from 9 until 3pm without a break and were getting a quick lunch. They wanted to learn about boomerangs and could I please stay a bit. Within a couple minues a group of 9 or 10 students, mostly girls, showed up and I os out on the field with them. This group was rather energetic and seemed to be having great fun. He is a photo of them with Don, another local volunteer.

It’s interesting to note that they are all wearing orange t-shirts donated by Home Depot. More interesting is the ample amout of green paint on them which was supposed to be put on the outbuildings. I am guessing that even painting was fun for them, or they made sure it was.

I stayed on the field until nearly 4PM, almost an hour later than planned. The Friends of Allnetown Parks gave us a nice certificate of appreciation and also made sure we had lunch. The Wood-Chuckers had a good time and are looking forward to our next event together.


By boomerangdave

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