Join us for beach combing/clean-up on Saturday, September 12 at 9:00am, Clark Beach. Garbage bags will be provided. We appreciate your help in protecting our ocean environment.
The 10th Annual Art by the Sea to benefit the scholarship funds of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club and the Association of Great Neck will be held on Sunday, September 20 from noon to 4pm at the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club, 2 Quay Road. Arts and crafts by more than 50 artists, jewelry makers, and artisans will be for sale. A raffle will be held of an original framed oil painting donated by artist, Julia Purinton.There will be a cash bar and refreshments. Admission is free.
Art by the Sea was founded in 2006 by Pam Ryan and six other women, all Ipswich residents and members of IBYC and AGN. The purpose of Art by the Sea has always been to showcase the creative talents of members of the two organizations in order to raise funds for scholarships that are distributed yearly to local youth. Today the original mission is the same, but the pool of artists has become regional. Please join us for the 10th Anniversary of Art by the Sea in honor of our good friend, neighbor, and long-time member of AGN, Pam Ryan, who passed away this year after a courageous battle with ALS.
The Summer 2015 Newsletter is now posted on the site. See link in sidebar at left.
Vegetation corridors adjacent to shorelines provide valuable social, economic, and environmental benefits to people and wildlife. Shoreline buffers refer to the forested or vegetated strips of land that border lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and ponds. These strips of ground covers, shrubs and trees help protect water quality, aquatic ecosystems, fish and wildlife, and lessen the impacts of flooding. The canopy created by trees, shrubs, and herbaceous vegetation moderates the impact of heavy rains, shades the shoreline to keep water temperatures cooler, produces organic matter and woody debris essential to shallow-water ecology, and provides food and shelter for wildlife. The vegetation also helps to decrease flood hazards by increasing the soils ability to absorb water. Root systems give soil structure, hold soil in place, direct rainfall down into the soil instead of over the soil, and can extract nutrients and contaminates from soil. Maintenance and restoration of shoreline vegetation allows native plants to fill in the shore-land zone increasing biodiversity and wildlife habitat.