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25th Anniversary Celebration, September 15, 2013

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration

On a glorious Sunday afternoon, September 15, 2013, several hundred people came to Beals Preserve to help SOLF celebrate its 25th anniversary. With generous sponsorship from

  •  Middlesex Savings Bank

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  • Charles F. Choate Fund
  • Digital Federal Credit Union DCU
  • Plourde Family Charitable Trust,

visitors enjoyed walking the trails of Beals Preserve and  the Art on the Trails displays coordinated by Catherine Weber, hearing the music of the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band,  participating in a silent auction  and viewing the paintings of  Will Kirkpatrick and the Oak Grove Painters. Nature artist and author Gordon Morrison led nature tours and demonstrated illustrating techniques, Emily van Nort provided “Nature” face painting, and Animal Adventures presented a wonderful show for both young and old. Informational displays included John Maguranis of Project Coyote, Dan Guildford of the Southborough Trails Committee, and Carl Guyer from the Southborough Green Technology and Recycling Committee.


More photos by Amanda Watters. Here is a link to lots of photos taken at the celebration by Amanda Watters. Thank you Amanda for sharing them with SOLF.

Photos by Amanda Watters



Thank You to all Who Helped Our Celebration

SOLF owes a tremendous thank you to all those who helped to make our 25th Anniversary Celebration on September 15 such a success. First a big thank you to the Beals family for donating the land that provides such a wonderful venue for events such as this.

Among the Members of the Board of Trustees we thank

Debbie Costine for the countless hours she spent coordinating the event – a party planner extraordinaire – and for donating a professional puppet performance to the silent auction.

Carol Gay for getting donations for the silent auction, keeping detailed records, remembering details, sending out publicity notices, and always being there to help.

Sally Watters for sending Constant Contact reminders, soliciting donations for and coordinating the silent auction, finding a source of tables and doing the pick up and return of them.

Betty Meyer for soliciting many donations for the silent auction.

Amy Kassatly for all her work to prepare the property and at the event.

Jake Walter for his work helping prepare the property and helping with set-up.

Attila Herczeg for help with setting up and his spirited bidding at the silent auction.

Hal Kiess for helping with set-up, break-down, and keeping the web site current.

Jack Barron for being our hospitable greeter and for donating the ever popular giant chocolate bar for the silent auction.

Hewitt Heiserman for helping with set-up and break-down.

Acacia Warren for the many hours she spent selling t-shirts and hats at the Transfer Station promoting SOLF, for selling food at the event, and donating a paella for the silent auction..

Bill Hohenberger for helping with set-up, break-down, tables ,and arranging for port-a-potties,

Bill Sines for helping prepare the property, set-up and break down, improving the parking sign, and directing traffiic.

Former Trustees and members of the community also contributed. Catherine Weber organized the Art on the Trails, and helped prepare the program and signs. Whit Beals did on-going preparation work on the property. Thank you also to Pam Saitta and Andre Mehta for loaning us the big shelter, thus assuring the weather would be beautiful, and to Pilgrim Church for loaning tables and a large sandwich board. Barb Black designed and ordered the SOLF tee-shirts and hats that were for sale. Thank you to all.

Many thanks to a large number of volunteers who helped throughout the day.

Pam Esty

George Gay

Susanne Healy

Sandy Kiess

Diane Koziel

Will Koziel

Ben Heiserman

Jed Watters

Amanda Watters

Barb Black

Larry Modestow

Gordon Morrison

Milosz Dworakowski

The volunteers from Marlborough Savings Bank, David, Judy, Nancy and Ken

Many people gave freely of their time to present displays and activities for the event.

Emily van Nort – nature-based face painting

Will Kirkpatrick and the Oak Grove Painters.

John Maguranis, from Project Coyote

Dan Guilford – the Southborough Trails Committee

Carl Guyer and Stan Tanenholz – Southborough Green Technology and Recycling Committee

Spencer from EMS – a display of kayak equipment

We thank also the many individuals and businesses who made contributions to our silent auction and assured its success.

Finally, thank you to all who have supported SOLF over the years and the many who came to yesterday’s celebration. Without the help of all, we could not have had this wonderful celebration.

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Silent Auction at 25th Anniversary Celebration

SOLF will have a silent auction at its 25th anniversary celebration on September 15th at Beals Preserve from 1 to 5PM. We have both gift certificates from local businesses and  contributions from local residents.

The gift certificates are from the following businesses.

  • Art and Frame Emporium
  • Arturo’s Ristorante
  • Candy’s Beauty Salon
  • Cheng Du Restaurant
  • Children’s Orchard
  • Designer Jewelers
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Eastern Mountain Sports
  • English Garden Florist
  • Enjoy Life Acupuncture
  • Every Body Balance
  • Fay School Traditional Camp at Fay Discovery
  • Gulbankian Florists and Greenhouses
  • Innovations Hair Salon
  • Mugford’s Flower Shoppe
  • Nicolina’s
  • Owen O’Leary’s Southborough
  • Phaidra Nail Salon
  • Posh Nails
  • PR Running
  • Rejuvenation Massage Therapy
  • Shrubs and Trees, Inc.
  • Simple Enough Natural Foods
  • Southborough Auto Tech
  • Southborough Auto Tech/Choice Car Wash
  • Southborough House of Pizza
  • Starbucks
  • Tatnuck Bookseller
  • Tavolino’s Ristorante
  • Tomasso Trattoria & Enoteca
  • Trombetta’s Farm
  • Uhlman’s Ice Cream
  • Wayside Inn

Individual Donors

  • Jack Barron
  • Barbara Black
  • Deborah Costine, Puppeteer
  • Marston Cough
  • Pamela Esty
  • Sandy Kiess
  • Will Kirkpatrick
  • Wendy Reuger
  • Acacia Warren
  • Amanda Watters


Come celebrate with us, it’s free and open to the public. The auction will be held rain or shine. We will have tents in the event of inclement weather. Beals Preserve is located on Main Street across from Chestnut Hill Road. Ample parking will be available in the field next to the entrance.


Call for Art on the Trails

As part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration at Beals Preserve on Sunday, September 15th, SOLF is calling for installations for Art on the Trails. The activity is open to any individuals or groups who wish to install art that celebrates nature and its natural environment. Full details are available in the downloadable prospectus Call for Art on the Trails. For more information contact Catherine Weber at or call 508-303-3604.

25th Anniversary Celebration – Celebrating Nature, September 15, 2013

SOLF is celebrating its 25th year of existence in 2013. To mark this event, we are planning a celebration at Beals Preserve on Sunday, September 15 from 1 to 5 PM, rain or shine. Music will be provided by the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass band. We will also have  children’s activities, nature-related activities, a silent auction, and art displays on the trails. We are seeking donations for our silent auction. If you would like to help us with a donation,  please email  More information for the Call for Art on the Trails is available here.    The celebration is free and open to the public.  The celebration will be held rain or shine. Beals Preserve is located on Main Street across from Chestnut Hill Road. Ample parking will be available in the field next to the entrance.