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A Night in the Woods

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Kate Benz is the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Fanfare columnist.

By Kate Benz

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 10:12 p.m.

Being barefoot and running through the woods might constitute a typical Saturday night somewhere out in the boondocks, but for the crowd of socials gathered at the Beechwood Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel, it was the perfect opportunity to kick the stilettos to the curb and take a good old-fashioned breath of fresh air.

“We turned the heat down just a little bit, so it's comfortable ... we know nature,” joked Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania executive director Jim Bonner (with Leslie).

So picturesque was the ASWP's A Night in the Woods party that even the lightning bugs entertained as if on cue, where more than 200, including event chairs Sarah Stallings, Becca Ringham Myerburg, and Libby Ernharth (with Steve, Mike and Johannes, respectively), were finding that the 134 acres and fi ve miles of trails were just too much temptation not to explore.

Hootini's in hand, the whimsy continued on the pathway to the Beechwood pond, which was lined with fairy houses created by local artists who were given explicit instructions to use only twigs, bark, leaves, stones, or anything else that's nature-made.

“I've never worked in the fairy genre,” confessed Peter Johnson. “It was challenging.”

“I had to Google what a fairy house meant,” added Mia Tarducci Henry. “Although, I think the idea of having art in a natural setting is a wonderful idea.”

Spotted in the great outdoors were ASWP board prexy Sally and Bob Tarhi, Nancy and Dan Fales, Marilyn Eisengart, Anne Ringham, Jennifer Young, Josie and Gaston Oria, Patty and Sean Casey, Tingle and Richard Barnes, Jackie Dixon, Randy Grossman, Jane and Bud Kahn, Jolie Schroeder, Julie and David Rost, Carrie Casey and Bill Leemhuis, Naomi and Jason Sperry and Susan and Ted Wilkes.




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