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Alliance Hosts First Gathering

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

Our watershed moment, our first dessert gathering hosted by ally Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC) at the Coogan Farm Nature & Heritage Center on April 30, found a group of people in the farmhouse kitchen and dining room, ranging in age from 4 to 96, sharing both organizational perspectives and personal stories about what they love, what they’ve noticed, and what concerns them.

Artists, historians, church leaders, civic leaders both state (thank you Aundré Bumgardner for coming out on a stormy Sunday night) and local, professors, data managers, scientists, and members of organizations with wide reach. Individuals from Long Pond to Long Island Sound, California, Rhode Island, and New York. People interested in gardens, marshes, farming, sailing, rowing, fishing, birds, waste and water, coastal resilience, community, and changes they see and experience right outside their doors.

We are all different but united by the River. Missi-tuck. We are a community with a shared purpose: to sustain the river who sustains us. What a beautiful beginning of a new Mystic chapter.

Special thanks to Tara King Clark, Betsy Graham, Ismail Ameen, and Davnet Conway, especially Davnet, whose support and the support of Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center made our first gathering super special. And all of the desserts were delicious!

We are energized and excited, fired up for action. Stay tuned for news about what comes next!

Photos by Paul Duddy.

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