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Chaco Gives Back returns to Whole Earth Provision Co. starting June 18th and running through July 5th. During these two weeks, for every full price pair of Chaco shoes and sandals purchased at Whole Earth stores, Chaco will donate $5 to the Friends of Enchanted Rock. Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is often short of water, so The Friends are planning to use the money raised this year to create a rainwater collection system for the landscaping around the headquarters building. In addition, the Austin North Lamar store will welcome the Chaco Z the World Tour on Friday, July 1st from 1 to 4 pm. Attractions include – free Kona Ice Snow Cones, swag giveaways, games, a chance to try the Chaco 360° virtual reality experience, and an opportunity to enter the Chaco Sweepstakes. The prize: $5000 in airline travel!
Proceeds from this annual campaign have funded the recycling containers and the water fountain/bottle refilling stations you see at the park. This year the project will be rainwater collection and irrigation of new interpretative landscaping at the headquarters building.
We held the annual picnic for Friends of Enchanted Rock last Saturday at the park with about 70 Friends in attendance. ERNSA Superintendent Doug Cochran gave an update on the park, Bill Lindemann enthralled us with the description of half a dozen owls and their calls, and we had a fantastic BBQ Chicken meal provided by Rabke Catering (Willow City). The Rabke’s, who have for years been the principle drivers of Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the Park’s primary rescue service, donated the chicken. Interpretative Ranger Scott Whitener brought a few atlatl and darts – if my family depended on my skill with the atlatl, we’d have to be vegetarians. Summer interns also presented a microscopic view of the park (with the microscopes purchased by the Friends). Friends brought sides for the potluck, and, my oh my, it was some meal
The highlight of the day was bittersweet – saying goodbye to Melissa and Bob Mial. Melissa has led the Friends through many years as president, and much of what has been accomplished is due to her vision and passion and time and talent and the force of her personality. Behind the scenes, Bob, a home-builder, made many of our projects happen with his energy and skill.
In the photo, Doug presents Melissa with a Dark Sky photo of the park by Rob Greebon. Dark Sky Park status for ERSNA wouldn’t have happened without Melissa driving the program. Our new board President is Ken Esten Cooke, Editor and Publisher of the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post.
If you want to become a Friend, it is easy; we don’t have annual dues per-se, but we ask for a donation from time to time of $35 Single or $60 Family (see the Donate Tab), and perhaps even more important, is your time and expertise as a volunteer. See the bee research program for one possibility.