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Sheriff's Meadow gets down on the farm
It was a lush and summery picture, one that might have appealed to the many artists among the crowd of supporters, friends, and well-wishers gathered for The Sheriff's Meadow Foundation annual summer gala Monday evening.
Why had the Kanes agreed to play host to several hundred people? Simple enough, Mr. Kane explained to a Times reporter. Eleanor Graves of Chilmark, SMF board member, had asked and the couple said yes.
Edgartown artist and foundation supporter
Ray Ellis enjoys a laugh. Photos by Ben Scott
The Sheriff's Meadow Foundation (SMF) relies on the generosity of its supporters to sustain and expand its conservation activities and protect land as well.
Dick Johnson, SMF executive director, took advantage of that opportunity to highlight the Island Grown Initiative, an effort to promote locally grown and harvested food and in doing that help to preserve the rural character of the Island.
Steve Crampton, Sheriffs Meadow Foundation vice president, speaks to Cheryl Charles, the evening's guest speaker, and Felix Pardo.
The evening began with wine and conversation, a prelude to a short presentation by the evening's guest speaker, Cheryl Charles, an author, educator, public policy architect and advocate in her capacity as a member of many public and private organizations interested in connecting children to the natural environment.
In her remarks, Ms. Charles stressed the distance modern society has created between children and the outdoors. Fear of litigation, over-protective parents, and the latest electronic devices were all barriers in the way of children experiencing nature in an unfettered way.