(Harrow News July 10, 2018)
The weather co-operated on Saturday , and a mild breeze, sunshine, and normal humidity levels provided a beautiful day. Streams of people both young and old enjoyed the shady areas and searched out information about our friends the Purple Martin.
One hundred and thirty three people signed the guest book, and suspect that there were very many more who attended without stopping by the Welcome table -unofficial estimated over 200 . Attendees came from Alberta and Belarus (here on vacation with family), from Thornhill, Ottawa, Michigan, and many points throughout Essex County.
Colchester Park and Harbour is a beautiful site, with a spectacular view of the lake, marina, and a snack bar/restaurant within walking distance. The Town of Essex & Essex Communities in Bloom attended the Festival and thanks go out to the committee for their support.
The Colchester Purple Martin colony (11 nesting pairs), located on the top of the hill overlooking the lake posed on the overhead wires for pictures. They were the heroes of the day as they twittered and flew to their own particular song. Folks unfamiliar with Martins got to see and hear the typical activity of a Martin colony.
The talks were informative and quite well attended, and the two banding sessions drew a crowd. The area for kids’ activities was busy all day, with many creative games to play, all with a focus on Purple Martins.
Photographers took pictures throughout the event, and several newspaper reporters were there also.
(Essex Free Press July 12, 2018)
Martin Festival is over, and the following photos provided by Jeremy Wolting will outline the day’s festivities.