Enjoy “Into The Meadow” in pictures

Photographer Skyler Fike captured all the magic of this year’s Into The Meadow celebration. Enjoy his photos and relive the memories by clicking here to go to the gallery.

Thank you for making 2014 “Into The Meadow” a huge success

ByAz5GZIYAECkZCA huge “Thank You!” to co-chairs Flo Monier and Misti Reed, the Into The Meadow committee, our sponsors and everyone who made the 2014 Into The Meadow celebration our most successful ever. It was a magical evening of fun, food and friends.

And congratulations to Lydia Watkins, who had the winning bid in our online auction for the David Garrison painting, Tree Angel.

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Into The Meadow co-chairs Flo Monier (above) and Misti Reed, with husband Rob (below.)

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Lydia Watkins wins online art auction

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Tree Angel
Artist: David Garrison
Acrylic, 74” x 35″, 2014

Lydia Watkins of Rockwall had the winning bid for the painting, Tree Angel.

Allen artist David Garrison graciously donated this amazing painting for auction to support the mission of the Connemara Conservancy.

Tree Angel is an interpretative piece, created in acrylic, that measures 74” x 35″.

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Support Connemara and get a clean car

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Thanks to our great supporters at the Trademark and Tommy Terrific’s car washes, you can receive a free car wash this month just for donating a bottle of wine to the Wine Pull auction at this year’s Into The Meadow.

Owner Tom Miller and his team have sponsored every Into The Meadow. Now they are expanding their participation by offering a free car wash each Wednesday in August when you donate a bottle of wine worth at least $25. Drop off your bottle on Wednesday at any location to receive your car wash.

Tommy Terrific’s has two locations in Dallas — 5021 Ross Avenue and 3541 Forest Lane. Trademark Car Wash is located at 1007 W McDermott in Allen. All locations have a strong conservation ethic and you can read about their Green Practices here.

If you are a customer of Trademark or Tommy Terrific’s, you know there is nothing like it anywhere. If you’ve never taken advantage of their services, you are in for a treat.

So support Connemara this Wednesday and drive away in a clean car!

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“Thank You” Cristina

Winepull1Connemara would like to thank Cristina Lynch for being such a gracious host for our first Wine Pull collection event. A huge crowd turned out for the evening of food and fun. And more than 70 bottles of wine were collected for the Wine Pull at Into The Meadow.

Guests were also able to purchase the beautiful handmade clothing and jewelry on display from Mi Golondrina and GAIA.

We’ll have details soon about our next event.

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Salud to saving the land we love

image001You are invited to join Mi Golondrina and GAIA on Wednesday evening, July 30th, for a toast to the Connemara Conservancy at the first of several Into The Meadow preview parties.

The event will be held from from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of Cristina Lynch, 9335 Sunnybrook Lane. All it cost to attend is a donation of one bottle of wine, minimum $25 value per person or $40 per couple. The donation is tax-deductible and the wine will be auctioned off at Into The Meadow on Sept. 20.

In addition, each bottle of wine donated enters you into a special Mi Golondrina and GAIA raffle!

RSVP by emailing Sandra Greenway at sandra@connemaraconservancy.org or by calling 469-200-4085 ext 101.

 

 

2014 “Into the Meadow” to feature culinary creations of chef Kent Rathbun

In keeping with the tradition of featuring the area’s premier chefs and caterers, this year’s “Into The Meadow” fundraiser will highlight the culinary creations of award-winning chef Kent Rathbun.

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Since opening in 1999, Chef Kent’s five-star restaurant, Abacus, has repeatedly been recognized as a pinnacle of fine dining. Accolades include:

  • Bon Appetit’s Best of the Year, which named Abacus’ Chef’s tasting menu a “Top Pick;”
  • “Best Chef” by D Magazine;
  • “One of the Top Meals Around the World” by USA Today;
  • Mobil Four-Stars; and
  • AAA Four Diamonds.

Abacus’ design, wine list and menu have also been recognized and featured in publications such as Elle, Southern Living, Veranda, Texas Monthly, and The Rosie Magazine. In addition, Abacus has been inducted into the Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame.

Kent’s second concept, Jasper’s, added a touch of “home cooking” flair to the best of America’s regional cuisine. Since the opening of its first location in Plano and expanding to The Woodlands and Austin, Jasper’s has been named one of Esquire Magazine’s Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America and has been touted by various regional publications.

His newest venture is KB’s in Plano. With a restaurant-style atmosphere, full bar, ample parking and patio fireplace, it has become one of the premier spots for hosting wedding receptions, birthday parties, business functions and more.

Kent’s roots are firmly set in food, starting as an apprentice at La Bonne Auberge, a five-star French restaurant located in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, he worked at Mr. B’s in New Orleans, American Restaurant and Milano in Kansas City, The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and the Landmark Restaurant in Dallas’ Warwick Melrose Hotel.

He has cooked at the James Beard House in New York on several occasions and was nominated four times as the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest. He frequently appears on national TV shows and in 2008 competed on Food Network’s hit series “Iron Chef America” where he defeated grill master Bobby Flay in a frenetic culinary battle.

Chef Kent becomes the latest high profile chef to participate in Into The Meadow. Justin and Diane Fourton of Pecan Lodge catered the first two fundraisers. George Brown of Experimental Table has been the featured chef the past two years. In addition, Patina Green Home and Market provided specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail reception at the first four Into The Meadow events.

This year’s dinner under the stars celebrating local food, local farms and the beauty of natural space is schedule for Sept. 20. To purchase tickets, Click Here.

 

SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual “Into The Meadow” Set For Sept. 20

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 20, when we will host the 5th annual Into The Meadow.

Connemara’s celebration of  local food, local farms and the beauty of natural open space will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception in the Pecan Grove, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars.

We’ll have more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can relive last year’s sold-out event at the 2013 Into The Meadow Photo Gallery.

 

Join Us for Green Fire at the Alamo Drafthouse

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Join Connemara for a special Earth Day screening of Green Fire!

When: April 22, 2014. 6:00 p.m.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson

Ticket includes one drink ticket for the bar, appetizers and admission to the film.

Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold’s idea, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation. The film draws on Leopold’s life and experiences to provide context and validity, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today. Through these examples, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community.

Get your tickets now!

Connemara Conservancy Celebrates Record Growth In 2013

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The Connemara Conservancy Foundation celebrated its most successful year ever for protecting open space in 2013, adding 1,420 acres of land under five new conservation easements to the conservancy’s easement portfolio.

“It was an amazing year,” said Executive Director Sandra Greenway. “It has become obvious that the need for Connemara has never been greater. There is a growing awareness of the importance of open space in maintaining our quality of life, and it is rewarding to see so many landowners, developers and local governments working together to make sure that we develop the remaining areas of North Texas in a thoughtful way that will benefit generations to come.

”More than 1,400 additional acres of open space were placed under easement as both working ranches and natural areas, bringing the total number of acres now being forever protected by Connemara to more than 5,400.

The new easements included:

  • Working with the Rowden family in Bullard Texas, Connemara is protecting 76.5 acres of the family’s land along W. Mud Creek in Smith County.  The property is a floodplain area and will be planted with wetland trees and used as a wetlands mitigation bank to offset impacts to other wetland losses in that area of the state.
  • Partnering with the Dixon Water Foundation to place a conservation easement on their second organic cattle and sheep ranch in Cooke County south of Muenster. The 778-acre ranch is characterized by native tall grass prairie and wide open spaces where the cattle are on a grazing management plan to sustain high quality pastures.
  • Partnering with two landowners in Henderson County east of Athens to place two conservation easements on 24,500 linear feet of stream channels and associated wooded riparian corridor on the Flat Creek watershed. This will act as mitigation for damages to streams in a reservoir building project in another east Texas watershed.
  • Completing a conservation easement on a wetland mitigation bank project in Ellis County along Interstate 45. The 347-acre floodplain area on Red Oak Creek will be enhanced by restoring wetlands and stream channels and planting wetland trees.
Among other 2013 highlights were:
  • Landowner outreach programs extending beyond Collin and Dallas Counties:
  • Master Naturalist Regional Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Native Prairies Association of Texas in Paris, Texas.
  • Cross Timbers Regional Workshop in Granbury, Texas.
  • Working with the Town of Flower Mound to update their city-wide conservation plan.
  • Developing a GIS mapping system of land conservation in North Texas.
  • Participating in the National Land Trust Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
  • Receiving a $50,000 capacity building grant from the Dixon Water Foundation.
  • Doubled contributions during North Texas Giving Day.
  • “Into the Meadow” fundraiser, presented by Whole Foods, sold out for the fourth year in a row.
  • Hosted EarthFest in Allen, providing free access to nature for over 2000 people.
  • Received a $7,500 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for restoration efforts
Greenway said that among the highlights expected for 2014 are:
  • Several thousand acres of additional open space to be placed under easement.
  • A “Kickoff Reception” for donors.
  • Conducting a Landowner workshop in partnership with the Upper Trinity Conservation Trust.
  • Participation in Texas Land Trust Council Conference, February 26 – 28.
  • Participation in Allen EarthFest on April 5.
  • Special Earth Day Screening of “Green Fire” at Alamo Drafthouse on April 22.
  • Participation in Earth Day Texas on April 26 and 27.
  • Participation in Native Prairies Association of Texas, State of the Prairie Conference, May 29-31
  • Hosting more workshops designed to educate landowners and developers on ways to best protect undeveloped land.

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