The next FREE guided scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held this Saturday, June 10, at the Genesee Land Trust’s Hipp Brook Preserve and then to Veterans Memorial Park. The hike will begin at 9:00 AM at the west end of Brougham Drive (Brougham Drive is off Jackson Road, south of Atlantic Ave.) Please look for the hike signs. Join our community naturalists in exploring pathways along preserved flora habitats unique to Penfield. This hike will follow the Wild Iris Trail in the Genesee Land Trust’s Hipp Brook Preserve. The trail displays a variety of wetland plants including blue wild iris.
After this short hike, you will re-group at Veterans Memorial Park behind the Penfield Town Hall on Atlantic Ave. to explore wooded trails and open areas of the park. Total time for the morning will be about two hours and mosquito repellent is recommended. While the hike is free, please register by calling the Penfield Recreation office at 340-8655.
Barbara Quinn, coordinator of Daytons Corners School/Museum, and her staff held another very successful “annual pie social” this past Sunday, providing tours of the historic one-room schoolhouse and museum, free pony rides for children, music, activities on the playground equipment, and of course the wonderful pie from Baker Street Bakery. This annual fundraising event is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Mark your calendar now for next year on Sunday June 3, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM—but get there early as the pies seem to go very quickly!
The June “SuffraTea,” sponsored by the Penfield Local History Room and Library, will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 2:00 PM. This program will focus on a strong Penfield woman, Irene Gossin. The program will highlight Irene’s accomplishments that include being the first female supervisor in Penfield and all of the work she did for environmental causes.
The Local History Room (LHR) is seeking information related to town residents on two topics. The first has to do with the fact that women were granted the right to vote in New York State in 1917, and we are approaching the 100th anniversary of this milestone. The Penfield LHR is trying to locate information on town residents, especially women, who were involved with women's suffrage in the early 1900s. If you have family letters, diaries, or other information on this topic, we would love to hear from you!
Secondly, do you have photos or information on a family member from Penfield who served in WWI or WWII? The LHR is collecting this information for the archives and would love to include whatever you have. We can scan photos or documents, so you will still have your originals. Please call Historian Kathy Kanauer at 340-8740 or stop in to the LHR if you have material to share on either topic.
Last week, the Friends of the Penfield Library along with librarian Bernadette Brinkman and her staff held a luncheon to recognize the amazing volunteers who provide thousands of hours each year to enrich the library. Volunteers support the annual book sale, repair books and other media, file and organize shelves, and so much more. Great job everyone and thank you for all of your support. Because of you, the Penfield Library is a jewel in our community for everyone from our youngest residents to our seniors. To learn more about the Friends of the Penfield Public Library or how to get involved, please go to www.penfieldlibrary.org.
The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) also hosted an appreciation luncheon last week to recognize its volunteers and donors as they celebrate 20 years of supporting the Penfield community. This amazing group gathers food from supermarkets and the public market, organizes shelves, prepares weekly boxes for pick-up, and provides some home deliveries. Several families came to speak about the difference PEFS has made in their lives…they shared some amazing stories. For more information on the PEFS, their current needs or how to volunteer, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org
Until next week, consider joining the hike on Saturday, June 10. Our employee wellness team reports that spending time in nature may improve your brain’s memory functions!