Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Creative Re-Use Mountaindale Renaissance Scavenger Hunt

Greetings Sports Fans!

What a beautiful day it it outside...the air smells like spring, the grass is green, and the leaves are about to burst forth on some trees, while others are in full bloom. Simply stated, this time of the year both rejuvenates and invigorates the soul. So, seems like a perfect day to announce a Community Challenge...

The Great Mountaindale Renaissance Scavenger Hunt

This year, the Mountaindale Community Development Project, and the Mountaindale Sullivan Renaissance Project Committee have settled upon a GREAT BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT for our small hamlet...we are going to enhance the entrance to our "Rails to Trails", and just a bit further in on the trail we are going to create a sculptural interpretation of the O&W Railways 33 Steam Locomotive that met it's demise in our town at the turn of the 20th century over 100 years ago.

We would like our project to include some Environmentally Friendly Green Aspects, and one of these green aspects is the creative re-use of materials in the building and construction of this project, taking both found and hanging around stuff that might otherwise end up in a landfill and turning into art, landscaping with these found items that people, businesses just might have hanging around taking up space.

Thus the Great Re-Use Mountaindale Renaissance Scavenger Hunt...this is where our community comes in. We need Scavenger Hunters...individuals and groups that could help us in finding materials that we can creatively Re-Use in breathing our Steam Locomotive into reality. There are no prizes, this is not a contest, but instead a challenge, an opportunity to do community service in a very unique and different way. Have planting materials that need thinned out, or maybe some perennials in an overgrown and abandoned bed? We would love to have them. Perhaps you have some old nails, screws or even bailing wire laying around? Again, we would LOVE to have them. Are you a nursery with some overstock that needs some Tender Loving Care? Give us a call.

What are we looking for you ask? Anything and everything is up for consideration, but we do have some very specific needs.

  • Plywood 1x4x8...treated is preferable, but beggars cannot be choosy.

  • 2x4x8's...again, treated would be IDEAL, but again, any 2x4x 8 will suffice.

  • 2x6x8's (or longer!) Yes, you guessed it, treated would be a bonus.

  • 2x10 or 2x12...any length from 8-16 foot would be ideal.

  • 6x6x8 landscaping timbers.

  • Fallen Birch trees/limbs...will be used for accent details on train.

  • 3-5 inch decking or other screws.

  • Number 8 and 16 common nails...we are not picky at all when it comes to nails, so rusty ones are fine.

  • 55 Gallon Drums...we need a total of ten, and have three right now.

  • 30 Gallon Drums...we could use at least two of these.

  • Old Pipe in say 8-12 inch diameter.


  • 4 Old Wagon Wheels that are say 24-36 inches in diameter as the back wheels of the train.

  • 4 Smaller spoked wheels of 12-15 inches in diameter.

  • 7 Flowering Ornamental Trees

  • Any Perennial (preferably native plant species) plants that could be easily transplanted into our garden spaces being created.

  • A Brass BELL for the train...maybe about eight-twelve inches!

This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if you have something you think we could use or incorporate in some fashion, give us a call. We have a staging area for these found materials, so if you have things, just let us know when you would like to drop them off. We are also ALWAYS looking for volunteers, so if you or your group would like to participate, are looking for a change to do community service work, please give us a call so we can work with you.

Sherwood Martinelli
Renaissance Committee Chair
(845) 693-4513

Barb Schmitt
Mountaindale Community Development Project
(845) 434-4747

If you would like to make a donation to our project please send check too:

Mountaindale Community Development Project (MCDP)
PO Box 333
Mountaindale, NY 12763
(Be sure to put in Memo that the donation is for 2011 Renaissance)