Spirits were high—and also flowing—at the Westchester Land Trust’s fall fundraiser on October 20. Dr. David and Marjorie Kaufman hosted more than 50 supporters in their home near the land trust’s Otter Creek Preserve in Mamaroneck, NY, for a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released nature documentary, Pondemonium, demonstrating the need for land protection in suburban areas. In addition to the film, Colin Goundrey of Bar’lees in Mamaroneck, NY, took guests on a guided tasting of artisanal spirits from Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Catskill Distilling Company and New York Distilling Company, all regionally produced. “We needn’t travel to Alaska or Madagascar to marvel at the wonders of biodiversity so long as we learn to turn our gaze outwards,” said Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Susan Todd of Croton, who coproduced the film with Andrew Young right in their backyard, which is protected by a conservation easement of the Westchester Land Trust. The Westchester Land Trust has preserved almost 8,000 acres of open space, including more than 700 acres of preserves they own, which are free and open to the public year round.
Photographs by David Steele