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Our fund raising for the headquarters rainwater collection and demonstration project is now complete, as Whole Earth co-owner/founder Jack Jones and Chaco rep Rob Morales hand us a check! Receiving the check for the Friends is Eleanor, our youngest Friend, Melissa Mial (Past President), and Robert Deming (President). We had earlier received a gift of $5,000 from Patagonia, and a total of about $13,000 from Whole Earth Provision Company and Chaco.
Of course, YOU made the gifts possible by being supporters of these fine retailers. We have a contractor lined up and will be making the installation soon. The rainwater collection project will provide water for the headquarters building and the interpretative landscaping beside the building.
Enchanted Rock hit maximum capacity late Saturday evening as thousands of people came to view the Perseid Meteor Shower from a dark sky park. Many of the visitors participated in our Star Fest, viewing celestial objects with members of Hill Country Astronomers, hearing and viewing presentations, viewing exhibits, and meeting with our partners. The original date (December 2016) was rained out, but last Saturday the weather cooperated with clear skies until very late. In the photo above, Bill Wren from the McDonald Observatory explains the dark sky program to visitors.