Everything is coming together for the annual "Fun Night for the Nature Center" fundraiser to be held on Saturday evening, March 25, at the Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake Park. Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m. for persons to view the auction items.
An "all you can eat" meal will be served at 6:00 p.m.. The meal will be prepared and served buffet style by the staff of "My Mother's Place Catering" of Clutier. No one will go away hungry.
Following the meal at approximately 7:00 will be a program entitled "The Art of Conservation: A Visit with Ding Darling" and will be presented by Tom Milligan, actor from the Amana Colonies.
Tom Milligan, Amana, will be providing an interesting program entitled 'The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling” as part of Fun Night for the Nature Center on March 25.
Tom Milligan has spent 45 years as a working theater artist in Iowa. As an actor, director, scenic designer as well as producer, his work has been seen throughout Iowa and the Midwest.
Milligan portrays Ding Darling, renowned editorial cartoonist for the Des Moines Register during the first half of the 20th century. Darling's significant role in conservation included designing the first Federal Duck Stamp, serving as head of the U.S. Biological Survey, and helping to found the National Wildlife Federation.
"Ding Darling is one of those people who played a significant role in natural resource philosophy and on the ground efforts such as the national wildlife refuge system," states Bob Etzel, Director, Tama County Conservation Board. "Iowa has had significant contributors to natural resource and conservation on the national stage and Ding Darling is one of those people that perhaps you are not as familiar with. This will be an interesting and educational performance."
The open auction is slated to begin immediately following the program and should start around 8:15 p.m. Marv and Nancy Boldt, Traer, will be running the auction again for this year's event. Marv always provides an entertaining auction environment.
Items are still being donated for inclusion in both auctions and usually include everything from wildlife art prints to clothing, bird houses to collector farm toys and decorative waterfowl decoys. The silent auction will include many affordable items and is a lot of fun for all in attendance. "In the past several years the baked goods have become a very fun part of the auction," adds Cathy Wieck, Dysart. "Kolaches, coffee cakes, tea rings and pies have all been donated."
"The auction will include many beautiful items as always," states Carolyn Adolphs, Traer. "Each year there are lovely items hand-made by local artisans. Folks will also be able to bid on wildlife art and small pieces of furniture."
"Everyone is invited to come enjoy the evening and support their Nature Center," adds George Corum of Tama. "It is really neat to see the continued support that residents and friends of Tama County have provided for this project."
Since a dinner is being served ADVANCED TICKET SALES ARE REQUIRED. Tickets can be purchased by calling Bob at the Nature Center office at (641) 484-2231 or evenings at home at (641) 484-5764 or by contacting any of the fundraising committee or conservation board members. Those members are: DYSART: Cathy Wieck; GLADBROOK/GARWIN/LINCOLN AREA: Kory Staff, Kay Lowry, Nathan Wrage; SOUTH TAMA AREA: Allan Atchison, Ellen Graff, George Corum, Kory Staff, Bob Etzel, and John Keenan; TRAER/BUCKINGHAM AREA: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; CHELSEA, CLUTIER, VINING, ELBERON: Daryl Bazal and Craig Wise.