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Audition for TREES!


From Alexandra Stovicek ’17:

Come auditions for TREES! An original musical!

TREES tells the story of a single day at a fictional New England summer camp Structured as a series of letters home, TREES follows the trials and tribulations of a group of campers and counselors trying to make the most of their summer by whatever means possible. With an
acoustic, folk score filled with campfire bangers, TREES is about growing up, refusing to grow up, and learning to how to love yourself and those around you.

Sweater Weather?

As far as I’m concerned, the weather can’t seem to make up it’s mind, it’s in limbo. The leaves are gone, the tempterature can range from 20-50 degrees in one week, and people are walking around in flip flops while wearing winter jackets. Although the first day of winter isn’t until December 21st, it certainly doesn’t look like “Fall” anymore.


Tu’Beshvat Celebration: The Birthday of the Trees

From Miriam Kudler-Flam ’15:

Tu’Beshvat is here!  Tu’Beshvat is the Jewish birthday of the trees – celebrating the time when spring is just around the corner.

We will be having a Tu’Beshvat gathering at Earth House, 7 PM on Wednesday (2/8) to celebrate!

The gathering will be a mixture of traditional Tu’Beshvat rituals (making blessings over fruit, thinking about Kabbalist/mystical interpretations of the holiday, among other things), Hebrew and English songs and poems, seed planting, and discussion surrounding environmentalism, gratitude, and the human connection with the natural world.

Everyone is welcome!

If you would like to, please bring a tree/nature/spring/similarly related poem or song to share.

DATE: Wednesday, February 8th
TIME: 7 PM – 8 PM
PLACE: Earth House (159 High Street)
Questions? Suggestions? Contributions? Please contact Miriam at mkudlerflam(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Armchair arborists, unite!

One of the most beautiful—and most overlooked—features of Wesleyan’s campus is its rich variety of trees. Foss Hill in the autumn is a sight to behold. Unfortunately, though, trees do die, or get in the way, or fall on things, and so someone occasionally needs to remove them.

I had never thought about who removes them, until I came across Physical Plant’s Grounds web page, which lists every tree that has been removed from campus, from April 18, 2007 through August 4, 2008. Some of the commentary is great, albeit sad. For instance, the author laments the removal of hemlocks at 333 High Street:

The last of these hemlocks are giving up the ghost. While others on campus are holding their own, I will have to remove these.

Apparently trees have crotches:

A very large elm tree in front of ’92 Theater split apart on Saturday, September 22, during the football game with Middlebury. Altho that did not alter the outcome of the game, it did make me very sad. The problem was a weak crotch, and the health of the tree worked against its continued survival.

An amusing feature of the site is its constant misspelling of “hazard”:

This maple is dropping deadwood in an area where little children play. It has been deemed a hazzard, and will be removed.

It’s not all about sick and dying trees, though. A June 25 entry claims that “the fall season is here, and the leaves are falling.” Never mind the seasonal abnormalities, chalk one up for sustainability:

This is just a memo to the Wesleyan community that we do not waste the leaves. They are trucked to a composting farm in Middlefield, to be turned into new soil and reused.

Additionaly, the trees that we prune or remove are turned into wood chips, and picked up by a firm from northeastern Vermont. They are used in energy production and mulch. Great to know that the material is being recycled in a positive manner!