For the Birds, Build It and They Will Come

The Tarrytown Beautification Foundation is sponsoring a Village wide birdhouse building competition for this spring. We hope to get a lot of interesting and unique submissions from our many artistic-minded Village residents.

The rules are simple:

The entrance holes should be 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide and the birdhouse should be made of materials that will not amplify heat.

You can make it from scratch, or, if you have an existing birdhouse that you can remodel to make your own, that would be fine.

Entries are to be submitted to Whimsies at 52 Main Street, or Michael Christopher Antiques, 23 Main Street, no later than May 14.

On May 16, 3rd Friday, they will be put on display for all to admire. The display and judging will take place outside of Whimsies that night. Categories will include Most Unusual, Most Artistic, Best-in-Show and so on. Children under 13 will have their own competition.

The prizes are the "Glory" (the beautification foundation is a not for profit organization). Winning entries will be displayed in various shops around town and eventually be placed on posts in Village parks for the birds to habitate.

So there you have it Tarrytown – go to the attic, dig into those boxes in the gararge,and look in the basement. Find unusual materials and let your imagination go wild. You’ll be surprised at what you can come up with!!

For those of you who are not feeling creative, we invite you to come stroll down Main Street on the Third Friday in May and admire all of the birdhouses submitted.

For more information or questions feel free to call Chris Brazil at (914) 332-0338.

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