Friends of Greenwich Point host Barefoot on the Beach fundraiser

Proceeds will go toward nature preservation and educational programs

The Friends of Greenwich Point, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Foundation, held its first major fundraiser, on Saturday evening, September 19, 2015. The event, Barefoot on the Beach, was held on the beach in the picturesque setting in front of the Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point. More than 100 guests were treated to a casual sea-to-table dining experience that included a raw bar, cocktails and dinner selections of lobster and filet mignon prepared by Fjord Catering. The sell-out crowd was seated along a single, elegant table softly lit by candles and tiki torches. Soft rolling waves and music provided by Jay Louden, Dennis Deek, Lou Rupnik and Dan Swartz served as the perfect ambiance for the starlit night.

BarefootBeachWomanThe Friends of Greenwich Point, founded in 1956, is a hands-on, volunteer organization committed to preserving the natural habitats and enhancing the beauty and enjoyment of Greenwich Point. They sponsor free educational programs, informative nature walks, and six free concerts each summer.

The Friends frequently partner with other community organizations. Members worked with the Knollwood Garden Club, restoring the Seaside Garden pathways and assisting in the garden clean-up after hurricane Sandy. They partnered with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Conservation Commission to rebuild the entry dune which was washed away by Sandy and then planted protective beach grass.   They planted beach grass on the beach side of the dune boxes, helping to rebuild and stabilize those dunes.

The Friends are also responsible for many other projects designed to enhance the habitat and enjoyment of this community treasure. Such projects include installing new and replacing old benches, improving signage around the Point, providing Safe Road Sundays for families during the winter months, organizing bird feeding in the holly grove, and funding the gourd-like birdhouses as part of a statewide initiative to encourage the return and nesting of native Purple Martins.

To celebrate the beauty of the Point, the members produced a photo book, “Images of Greenwich Point”, a collection of artwork from local artists and design a limited edition holiday ornament highlighting a Greenwich Point scene.

One of the most daunting tasks undertaken by the group is the removal of invasive plants which have relentlessly strangled trees and smothered native plants. This year alone the group cut vines from numerous trees and cleared over 4,400 square feet of Japanese Knotweed, yet the onslaught of invasive plants continues. Moving forward, the Friends have decided to take a more aggressive approach working with professionals to assist in this undertaking. The first target is the invasive and weed-ridden sections along the road from the entrance booth to the Innis Arden Cottage. Said FoGP president, Cathy Weisenburger, “With your help we can get rid of the invasive plants that threaten to overtake the Point, and maintain the beauty of this place which incredibly sits only down the street and around the corner from our homes. “

Membership in the Friends of Greenwich Point is open to anyone who is interested in helping preserve this precious natural town resource. To join, become involved or for more information about the Friends of Greenwich Point, go to


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