June 3, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Our community is known for its vast array of native and introduced trees, but do we fully know and appreciate these natural treasures? Many are now under threat due to destructive storms, disease and the effects of global warming. Rich Wolowicz, an arborist expert in tree maintenance will provide tips on how to protect the health and longevity of trees on our properties. If you just need tree identification basics, look no farther than Grasmere Park which is a microcosm of Maplewood’s larger tree-scape. Todd Lamm, retired head of the Department of Parks and Shade Trees will lead walks throughout the park visiting specimens including an American Elm, a Black Cherry, a Black Walnut, a Box Elder, a Sugar Maple, a White Ash, a White Pine and vintage apple trees, introducing their unique characteristics, habits and uses. He will also introduce his new Notable Trees of Maplewood brochure, a self-guided tour of 22 of his favorite trees in Maplewood. 2-4 p.m. there will be tree art activities for families led by teaching artist Karen Fuchs and a chance to count the rings of an old-growth tree stump on the grounds and trace its history.
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November 11, 2018, 1:00 PM
Durand-Hedden will observe the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of World War I with an expanded exhibit on the newly rediscovered stories of the eight young men who lost their lives and for whom there is a memorial in Memorial Park, the efforts at the home front, and how the use of propaganda, including posters by nationally known artists, promoted patriotism. Reenactors will provide opportunities to learn about the lives of soldiers in the Great War, hear music of the period played by an authentically attired drum and bugle corps, and be persuaded by actress Theda Bara to buy war bonds.