Nature Day and Living Springs Pop-Up Memory Booth

25 Apr 2015 by admin, Comments Off on Nature Day and Living Springs Pop-Up Memory Booth

IMG_2343We all had an awesome time participating in Austin’s Nature Day! There were all kinds of activities to enjoy including making Blind Eye Salamander headbands, checking out books from Austin Public Library’s pop-up library, chatting with Save Barton Creek and S.O.S. Alliance who were our booth neighbors, etc. One highlight for many of us was getting a chance to follow one of the environmental biologists on staff down the Eliza Springs Amphitheater, which is normally fenced off. There were all kinds of cool fun facts to learn about the springs. Like how the amphitheater was originally built in 1922 around the spring as an innovative way to create a naturally cool area for community members to meet. Lovely idea – but no doubt we can also give three cheers to air conditioning in these parts!

A truly “memorable” event of the day was headed up by the Living Springs documentary crew as they hosted a “Pop-Up Memory Booth” where Barton Springs enthusaists were invited to come and share their stories, memories and love of Barton Springs on camera for one of their next installments in the series. Some of the people who shared stories have been swimming at the pool since the early 1970s. How wonderful that the stories from those years of swimming will be captured in this production. It will be really great to get the chance to see who else shared and what their stories are when the episode is complete.

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to buy a t-shirt, sign up for a cleaning or just spread some goodwill. What better way to spend an afternoon than among other community and spring water loving people? Such a great opportunity.

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