Lawless to host Earth and Sky event Saturday

Published 8:00 am Friday, May 20, 2016

The natural beauty of Vandalia’s T.K. Lawless Park will be the focus of an event returning to the park grounds Saturday.

The Cass County Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of Cass County Parks and the Cass County Conservation District will host the Earth and Sky Celebration, which takes place from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m. that afternoon and evening at Lawless, located at 15122 Monkey Run St. Admission to the event costs $5 per carload. People are invited to carpool to the event.

The event is a spinoff of the park department’s annual Earth and Stars Celebration, which was hosted over the last several years in conjunction with members of the Michiana Astronomical Society, who used the evening hours of the event to stargaze. However, with the astronomers pushing their usual visit to the park up to earlier in the year, organizers of the “Earth” portion of the event decided to keep the usual May date for the terrestrial-leaning events, said organizer Korie Blyveis.

Blyveis, the Newberg Township clerk and director of the conservation district, has been putting together the celebration at Lawless Park for the past six years, as a way to celebrate Earth Day (albeit a few weeks after the actual holiday, in order to increase traffic to the event).

“We want to get people to come and play outside,” she said. “We want to celebrate what we have at Lawless Park as well as what we have around the rest of the world.”

The park will host several different events and activities throughout the day meant to entertain and inform visitors about nature, Blyveis said.

The event will start a bit later in the afternoon than usual.

“It will let people go out to whatever soccer or softball games that are going on in the morning, so they then come out and spend the rest of the afternoon with us,” Blyveis said.

With warm, sunny weather forecasted in the day and a full, blue moon forecasted for the evening, Saturday’s event is shaping up to be a fun way to spend some time outside with plenty of company, Blyveis said.

“It’s important for people to stay connected with nature,” Blyveis said. “They won’t be able to maintain that connection, though, unless they get outside and be in it.”