BALLSTON SPA – The first-ever Village of Ballston Spa birdhouse competition is underway, culmunating into a festival to be held in April.
Entries will be accepted through April 14. Residents are invited to build a birdhouse and have the creation on display during the summer of 2018 on the scenic Tedisco Trail for the entire community—and for native Eastern Bluebirds, Song Sparrows and more—to appreciate.
Birdhouses must be original works, no kits allowed, made of sturdy materials and designed for native birds. All birdhouses built within guidelines will be “expertly mounted” along the half-mile Tedisco Trail according to a press release sent by the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA).
The competition is open to people of all ages and is entirely free of charge. A fun project for bird-lovers, artists, educators, scouts, tinkers, carpenters and weekend crafters.
Best of the entries will be awarded ribbons and prizes at the Village of Ballston Spa Birdhouse Festival on April 21 from 1-4 p.m. at the Iron Springs Park, across from the Brookside Museum.
Mark Blech, Ballston Spa Resident and owner of the Black Dog Gallery & Studio on Thompson St. in Ballston Spa is spearheading the project with Village Mayor John Romano. Blech is a visual artist and sculptor who specializes in works exploring nature and the environment and was instrumental in the creation of decorations for the 2017 holiday tree in Wiswall Park.
“Our goal is to celebrate the unique identity of our village, its people, and our environs and the arts with this first-ever birdhouse competition,” said Blech. “My hope, as an artist and a proud resident of Ballston Spa, is to bring our community together, all ages, and to connect them to the unparalleled natural world around the Village of Ballston Spa through their art and craft.”
Local organizations such as Scouts, schools, veterans or seniors interested in organizing a birdhouse building day before April 14, please contact Mark Blech for guidance and assistance (518) 742-6355.