The Village of Ballston Spa held its First Annual Birdhouse Competition on Saturday, April 21 in Iron Spring Park. 170 unique birdhouses were created, with 140 pre-made birdhouses decorated by local children and 30 birdhouses made from scratch by adults and children. Musician LB Walker entertained during the event. There were displays by The Audubon Society and the ornithology department of Cornell Cooperative, including nests, birds eggs and habitats. The Girl Scouts offered craft activities and sold cookies. NYS Senator Jim Tedisco, Mayor John Romano and village Trustee Noah Shaw and his family were in attendance. All the birdhouses are mounted throughout the downtown and along Tedisco Walking Trail. Be sure to stroll the village and check them out, along with the artistic bird-themed banners, all through the summer.
The birdhouses will be coming down at the end of September and will be on sale for $10 each at the Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Avenue. All funds raised will go to support the library. There will be a Flash Sale from October 2-6. For more information, contact the library at (518) 885-5022.
Very special recognition goes to local artist Mark Blech for his inspired idea and all his efforts to make this community art project a success! Thank you again to Mayor Romano and the Village of Ballston Spa, Curtis Lumber, BSHS and BOCES shop classes, area businesses that donated prizes for the competition and everyone who created the many wonderful and whimsical birdhouses that decorate our village!
Here are the winners of this year’s Birdhouse Competition: