After attending my first Party Madagascar on Saturday, July 27, I must say that I enjoyed it immensely. Our docent staff did a fantastic job planning, setting up and executing a laid-back, fun event.
It sprinkled on and off throughout the event, never becoming a downpour. At the front of the Zoo, one of the zoo keepers introduced party-goers to Spaz, our Dumeril’s ground boa, a species native to Madagascar. Its beautiful markings and coloration camouflage its movement along the forest floor of its native habitat. Attendees enjoyed a special menu provided by the Eagle’s Landing Café. The bar boasted a dark, malty ale created especially for the event – Aye-Aye Ale from Roc Brewing Co. The Zoo’s pavilion provided an excellent venue for the International Marketplace, a shopping experience promoting fair-trade, handmade goods from Africa and Asia Minor.
The variety and quality of the goods was exquisite, and I am certain that I was not alone in my admiration or purchases. Entertainment provided by Divided by Zero kept the party upbeat and the Gecko Egg Race was a lively diversion that had participants “egging” on their racers to the photo finish. The happy winner won a 50/50 raffle. Many tried the Lemur Wine Wheel in the hopes of walking away with a great bottle of wine. Proceeds from activities and sales directly benefit conservation and education programs in Madagascar, so this truly was a party with a purpose!
Photos by Kelli O’Brien
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next ZooBrew, taking place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 9. There are only two ZooBrews left in 2013, so be sure to stop by the Zoo for the Wildest Happy Hour in Town! Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and visitors must be 21 years old or older to enter. Absolutely no children are allowed at this event. Enjoy live music by the Park Ave Band and Teagan Ward. Adult beverages and food will be available to purchase. Cost of admission is $10 per person. Parking is limited, so please carpool and bring a designated driver with you. Click here for full details of this event.
– Michele Schepisi-Ritchie, Office Assistant