ChangeHampton launches new campaign with a party. We heard from our enviro-activist community, local poets, musicians and artists. Click here to see the article in the East Hampton Star by Christopher Walsh:
Some of the ChangeHampton Team (from L to R) — Paul McIsaac, Gail Pellett, Stephan Van Dam, Roxanne Zimmer, Len Green, Ken Maxwell, Graham Maxwell, Patty Collins, Abby Lawless, Kathy Masters, Paul Muñoz & Paul Gartside.
ChangeHampton co-founder, Stephan Van Dam, with vocalist, Salli-Jo Borden and speaker, Monique Fitzgerald, of Long Island Climate Justice. Based in North Bellport, Monique is a tribal member of the Setalcott Nation, traditionally located on the North Shore of Suffolk County. Photo by Gail Pellett.
Our event, hosted by Mirra Bank & Richard Brockman, took place at their dramatic residence, The Playhouse in EH Village. Photo by Gillian Gordon.
Roxanne Zimmer and Edwina von Gal. Roxanne serves on the advisory committee of ChangeHampton and Edwina is our “mentor supreme!”
Gail Pellett & Stephan Van Dam, co-founders of ChangeHampton, introduced speakers and poets.
Ella Scarlett O’Connor, Teen Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, read poems inspired by the climate crisis and the healing qualities of nature.
Marian Lindberg, speaker from The Nature Conservancy, with Danielle Hopson Begun, speaker, with the Shinnecock Kelp Farmers. Photo by Gail Pellett.
ChangeHampton’s Stephan Van Dam introduces Lola Garneau of East Hampton High School Environmental Club. Lola has been elected president of the club for next school year.
Kathryn Levy, Sag Harbor activist and poet.
Ten year old, Graham Maxwell, a student at the Ross School, reads his poem about the wonders of The Beach and what could be lost.
Hamptons Choral Society members, Salli-Jo Borden, Maeve Nelson and Rob Borden sing a David Douglas composition, putting a Wendell Berry poem, The Peace of the Wild (see lyrics below) to music; Jane Hastay accompanies on piano.
A silent art auction at event offered environmentally inspired work by major local artists: Darlene Charneco, April Gornik, Roy Nicholson, Camile Perrottet. Gabriele Raacke, Jerry Schwabe and Dan Welden.
Property owner, Richard Brockman, responds to the concept Ken Maxwell presents for transforming part of the yard with native and pollinator friendly garden beds. Maxwell is owner of Green Surf Design and a member of ChangeHampton’s Advisory committee, Photo by Gail Pellett.
Mirra Bank and Richard Brockman flank Ken Maxwell in the center. Richard insists we need to maintain a sense of humor as we promote huge changes in traditional landscaping. Photo by Gillian Gordon.
Speaker, Kathy Kennedy from Peconic Land Trust, ChangeHampton’s Roxanne Zimmer and Len Green with speaker, Elettra Wiedemann of the Bellport Environmental Committee. Photo by Gail Pellett.
ChangeHampton’s two green landscapers, Paul Muñoz and Ken Maxwell are intrigued by the new business model for restorative landscapers proffered by speaker, Bram Gunther of Plan It Wild. Photo by Stephan Van Dam.
Lucia Maxwell holds down the 1000 Healthy Yard sign table… Photo by Gail Pellett.
We couldn’t resist one more take on the ChangeHampton Team!