PRINCESS ANNE - Early day storms
couldn't drench the spirits of 450 people who trekked to the Flyway Feast,
the Back Bay Restoration Foundation's major fund-raiser and membership
Held at the mouth of the North Landing River and Currituck Sound In North
Carolina, the circa 1920s Flyway Hunt Club served as the backdrop for
the 16th annual feast June 23. Visitors feasted on barbecue, fresh corn
and watermelon while raising funds for the nonprofit organization's work.
The foundation's ongoing projects include monthly water-quality testing
of bay water, cleaning out wood duck nesting boxes at False Cape State
Park, setting up osprey platforms and running an environmentally friendly
tram from Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to False Cape State Park,
The 700-member foundation also offers programs to educate tourists on
how fragile the environment is and its importance to birds on the Atlantic
flyway, said Eve Estes Butts, foundation director.
All of those activities are done by volunteers.
Art teacher Suzanne Stevens of Norfolk is among those volunteers. She
did an original pastel print titled "Back Bay Snows," depicting
Back Bay in the winter, which was featured during the Flyway Feast auctions.
Because the picture exemplifies Back Bay's beauty, Stevens suggested to
Bulls that the foundation reproduce it as a poster and sell it to make
money for their programs.
Stevens had already seen The International Arts Festival do that with
another of her works and thought the same concept would work for the Back
Bay Restoration Foundation. Organizers liked the idea, so that's what
"I am very pleased that I am a part of this, because if there is
any way my work can help the Earth, I will support that. I've had people
In my life be generous with me, and I want to pass that along to others,"
The 18-by-24-inch poster can be purchased from the foundation for $15
for an unsigned copy, or $20 for a signed one. The poster will serve as
the foundation's signature print, Butts said.
With the event over for another year, Butts anticipates revenues from
this year's Flyway Feast will match or exceed the $22,000 raised last
year. With a growing need to educate the public about the 8,000 acres
encompassed by Back Bay, what cannot be raised through events like the
feast will have to come from grants. Before the day was over, however,
attendees learned the foundation had just received a $6,000 grant from
the Department of Forestry to promote education programs.
"With this money we should be able to get a new laptop and maybe
implement more water education, like canoeing," Butts said. "When
we have the resources, there is so much we can do."
For more information about the Back Bay Restoration Foundation or its
poster call 426-3643 or visit www.bbrf.org