Eco-East Enders to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

April 28 Gathering to Feature Renowned Carson Biographer, Linda Lear

March 2012 (Bridgehampton, NY) – Environmentalists throughout the world become reverent when they hear the name Rachel Carson, indebted to the woman whose book (Silent Spring) was a cornerstone of the modern environmental movement. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, and East End environmentalists are prepared to mark the occasion with a celebration for the masses.

From 4:00 to 7:00PM on April 28, 2012, the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG, www.longpondgreenbelt.org), Canio’s Cultural Cafe (caniosculturalcafe.wordpress.com), Group for the East End (www.eastendenvironment.org), and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo, www.sofo.org) will present: Honoring Rachel Carson: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring.

Local environmental enthusiasts and organizations from throughout eastern Long Island will come together to honor Rachel Carson and celebrate the environmental accomplishments that have occurred in our unique region over the past 50 years since Silent Spring was published (e.g., the return of the osprey population).

“The idea for this event was sparked by a discussion between the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and Canio’s Cultural Cafe, while we were brainstorming the best way to celebrate the Friends’ 15th anniversary,” said Dai Dayton (President, FLPG). “We later found out that another event co-sponsor, Group for the East End, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year!”

Linda Lear, renowned lecturer and author of the biography Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, will make a special presentation as a featured portion of the event. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served as attendees reflect on the past and set their sights toward a sustainable future for the East End. Available for purchase will be Linda Lear’s book Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature and select titles by Carson herself.

The event will take place overlooking Vineyard Field in Bridgehampton, site of the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt’s (FLPG) seven-year-strong grassland restoration project. Located behind the South Fork Natural History Museum (377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike), the field was purchased for open space preservation by the Town of Southampton in 1998 and stands as one of the few remaining preserved grasslands in the town. The venue was chosen to embody the powerful conservation ethic that flowered from Ms. Carson’s Silent Spring.

“The South Fork Natural History Museum is thrilled to co-sponsor this event,” said Frank Quevedo (Executive Director, SoFo). “Vineyard Field is such a perfect location to enjoy and appreciate nature.”

Tickets are $50 each prior to April 10th and $60 each thereafter. Checks can be made out to “FLPG” and sent to “FLPG – Rachel Carson,” P.O. Box 1130, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. Please visit www.longpondgreenbelt.org for more information.

Sandra Ferguson, Friend of the Long Pond Greenbelt