Bayberry Wreath awarded to ConserFest

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 2:25pm

Presentation of The 2013 Bayberry Wreath Award was the highlight of the Conservancy Day reception at Smuggler’s Cove on Saturday, June 1. The award was presented by the publishers of The Block Island Times, Betty and Fraser Lang, to ConserFest, a group that has combined a passion for music with a mission of conservation.

In presenting the award Fraser Lang quoted Abraham Lincoln: “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” Lang added: “The entire island is proud of these young people here today.”

When the selection was announced in January, the Times reported that “Conservation implicitly looks toward the future; an act that mindfully preserves finite and irreplaceable things for others to appreciate in years to come. The hope is always that not only will the effort be appreciated, but also that it will be nurtured and perpetuated by those who follow.”

The ConserFest award was made to celebrate a new generation of conservation-minded supporters on Block Island.

In 1984, former Block Island Times publishers Peter and Shirley Wood established the Bayberry Wreath Award to recognize those who have provided outstanding service to the community, primarily focused on conservation efforts.