Reaching Out to Neighbors

Youngster Young visitors colored birds at the FODM table.

The Friends of Dyke Marsh shared a table with the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park on June 16, 2018, at the annual Community Day in Gum Springs, a historically African-American community near the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve.

FODMers Catherine Noonan and Mary Luceri greeted many festival-goers and helped youngsters make colorful birds.  T-Rex and his “friend” dropped by and entertained all.  The event drew 32 vendors and organizations, elected officials, a steel drum band and many guests.

SupervisorsIn the photo at right, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova (white pants), Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck (yellow shirt) and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay (black shirt) presented a proclamation to the sponsor, the New Gum Springs Civic Association, accepted by Queene Cox.

 Photos contributed by Glenda Booth.

youngsterYoung visitors colored birds. Catherine and MaryCatherine Noonan and Mary Luceri staffed the FODM table. T-RexT-Rex, with assistance from Ernest Owens from T-Rex and Friends, was a hit. Ernest Owens T-Rex’s buddy "studied" the Dyke Marsh display, aided by Ernest Owens.