Pavilion celebrates 20 years

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 4:30pm

It is time for the annual Earth Mothers’ Day and Pavilion Celebration. On Sunday, May 12, at 11:15 a.m., all are welcome to join a community gathering at the Ocean View Foundation Pavilion, off Water Street. This event will be the 20th annual Pavilion Celebration.

And, as always, this will be an informal, short event, served with refreshments (cookies, coffee, and juice), good cheer, and lots of room for adult greetings and exuberant kids.

The inaugural Earth Mothers’ Day and Pavilion Celebration took place on May 14, 2000, and was the official ribbon cutting and opening of the Pavilion. On that day, folks gathered at Mid-Ocean Press on Chapel Street — some adorned by representatives of their favorite Block Island critters — and paraded to the Pavilion accompanied by a bagpiper. Once at the Pavilion, the official cutting of the ribbon was done by the honored conservationist Capt. J. Robinson (Rob) Lewis. Rob was only able to attend after his Sunday morning attendance at the Harbor Church, thus the hour was set at 11:15 a.m.

This collation of neighbors to celebrate both Mother Earth and Mother’s Day, at the (then new) pavilion, has become a spring tradition. Please join the festivities to: take in the view, enjoy each others’ company, learn which kindergarten artist’s work will adorn the 2019 Pavilion bag, partake of cookies and coffee, receive butterfly weed seedlings, learn what’s new at the Ocean View, and celebrate Mother’s Day, the earth, and the work of island environmentalists — past and present.

Although there will be no bagpiped parade for this 20th Earth Mothers’ Day and Pavilion Celebration, feel free to come as your favorite Block Island critter.