The Third Annual Allendale Moth Ball, a free celebration of moths and other nightlife -- featuring a great live band -- takes place Friday, July 11, from 8:30-10:30 p.m., at Crestwood Park in Allendale, N.J.
The event, at the park’s Red Barn, will feature special moth lights in hopes of attracting a wide variety of these amazing creatures of the night. Moth aficionados will be on hand to help you ID them and learn more about them.
Dance (the Jitterbug?) to live music by the After Hours Band, an awesome classic-rock group, and enjoy the great outdoors after dark. There’ll even be a surprise or two.
When the band takes a break, take in a quick and entertaining slide show about why most moths have gotten a bad rep.
“We had the Moth Ball at the John Fell House the past two years, and it was such a big hit that we thought we’d try a bigger venue -- with a live band,” said Jim Wright, one of the event’s organizers. “We also wanted to highlight some terrific local non-profit groups.”
The Moth Ball marks the unofficial start of National Moth Week (nationalmothweek.org). Liti Haramaty, a founder of the international event, will again join us for the festivities.
The free event is open to all and sponsored by the historic John Fell House (a.k.a. the Concerned Citizens of Allendale), the Fyke Nature Association, the Allendale Green Team and the Bergen County Audubon Society. Bring your own refreshments, but go easy on the bug spray.
The After Hours Band was nice enough to donate its performance as part of a fund-raiser for the John Fell House.
National Moth Week encourages people of all ages and abilities to become “citizen scientists” and contribute scientific data about the moths they observe in their own communities.
Around the country and the world, people hang white sheets and turn on lights outdoors in backyards, parks, camps, fields and woods during National Moth Week to observe and document one of nature’s most diverse – and misunderstood – creatures.
Last year, more than 400 moth-watching and educational events were held in all 50 states and 41 countries during National Moth Week.
Crestwood Park is located on W. Crescent Avenue at W. Allendale Avenue. For more information on the event, e-mail Jim Wright at [email protected] or call him at 201-760-0804. For more information on moths, go to nationalmothweek.org.