On August 10, Lifecyle hosted a bicycle ride from their downtown Milford location to Abbott’s Mill for the last Music at the Mill concert. Music was provided by Free Range, a bluegrass band, and Po’ Boys Creole as well as 2 Dips Ice Cream provided food from their food trucks. Dogfish Head provided adult beverages and REI’s Christiana Mall location were on hand with outdoor gear.
“We are exploring an encore concert in the fall since this was such a success,” Matthew Babbitt, Site Manager at Abbott’s Mill, said. “In June and July, we had over 230 people, even in the July heat. Although this was our last Music at the Mill Summer Concert, we do have several fun events planned over the next few weeks.”
On August 17, Free Spirited Foundation in Lewes will hold Summer Sunset Yoga at Abbott’s Mill. The cost is $20 per person for outdoor yoga and sunset salutations. Those who wish to attend must pre-register at http://freespiritedfoundation.org/register/. Those who attend are invited to pack a picnic dinner to enjoy after they participate in the yoga workshop. On September 9, from 11 AM until 2 PM, Free Spirited Foundation will hold a family yoga workshop. Families should bring a picnic lunch and hiking boots to enjoy the wildlife and plant life that surrounds the mill.
On Saturday, August 19, guests can take a guided tour of historic Abbott’s Mill with a seasoned mechanic to learn about the unique history of the mill which dates back to 1795. Visitors can feel the rush of the water through the turbine and feel the stones rumble as they did when it milled grains on a daily basis. Delaware Nature Society members can enjoy the tour for free while those who are not members pay $5 for adults and $3 for children. No pre-registration is required.
While Abbott’s Mill does not have programs geared specifically for back-to-school, the robust, hands-on environmental education programming for schools and groups kicks back into high gear in September. “We reach students from Smyrna to the beaches, Western Sussex, Kent and beyond,” Mr. Babbitt said. “We have a renewed agreement with Milford School District to provide programming for all of their Pre-K to fifth grade students throughout the school year.”
Mr. Babbitt said that they are always looking for volunteers at the Mill as well. Most of the volunteer work at the Mill lies in land management of the 513 acres at four separate sites within Sussex County. They also need assistance with community events. The parent organization of the mill, Delaware Nature Society, serves as the only State affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation. This allows Abbott’s Mill to operate their Certified Wildlife Habitat and Habitat Steward Volunteer programs. The Habitat Steward Volunteers go through a paid training course and assist with community presentation, private yard consultations and advocacy messaging focused on gardening for wildlife and clean water.
“We do have part-time employment opportunities for our Teacher Naturalist position,” Mr. Babbitt said. “The Teacher Naturalist works directly with our student groups to implement programming and assist with visitor service and community events.” Anyone who is interested in volunteering for Abbott’s Mill or the Delaware Nature Society should contact Mr. Babbitt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in the Certified Wildlife Habitat or the Teacher Naturalist program should contact Alice Mohrman via email at email@example.com.
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