D&R Greenway Land Trust’s annual Masquerade Ball takes place on October 26, 6:00 – 10:00 pm at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. A special highlight will be internationally renowned comic strip artist Patrick McDonnell’s first local book signing event following this week’s release of the Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell.
Taking place on the weekend before Halloween, attendees will be encouraged to dress as a “creature of the earth,” in celebration of the countless animal species that make their homes on more than 20,800 acres of New Jersey land preserved by the D&R Greenway since its founding 30 years ago.
“We are thrilled Patrick McDonnell, a wildlife conservationist and long-time Princeton resident, has agreed to make our 30th anniversary event the first opportunity for local residents to get a signed copy of his wonderful new book that celebrates the 25th anniversary of Mutts,” said D&R Greenway CEO Linda Mead. “Lucky attendees to our Masquerade Ball will enjoy the opportunity to hear Patrick speak about his conservation commitment and see him draw his speciality MUTTS characters first hand.”
Comic strip author Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the animal friendly comic strip, MUTTS, which appears in over 700 newspapers in 22 countries. MUTTS has received numerous awards internationally, both for comic strip excellence and for its themes of animal protection. His MUTTS characters appear on New Jersey Animal Friendly license plates and in animated Public Service Announcements for The Shelter Pet Project.
Featured at the “paw-ty” will be several dogs and puppies that are available for adoption, provided by SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, the animal shelter in Skillman.
“Preserving natural places and farmlands is important for many reasons, but none more so than protecting habitats for innumerable species of plant and animal life,” added CEO Mead. The event will highlight three 2019 preservation successes, with premiere video shorts:
· A 36-acre parcel on Steele Gap Road in Bridgewater visited by George Washington & Contintental troops on their way to encampment at Morristown, and later en route to victory at Yorktown, VA.
· A 10-acre parcel along Route 206 in Montgomery, preserved by Don and Pat Matthews.
· A small parcel on Hollow Road in Skillman that is an addition to the Stoutsburg Sourland African American American Museum.
The ticket price of $150 per person will include a complimentary, signed copy of the new Mutts book, which sells for $40 (hardcopy) and was released nationally October 15. McDonnell uses MUTTS as a platform to advocate for all animals. He strives to see the world through the eyes of animals and to use his voice to speak for them. He was a member of the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of the United States for 18 years. His comic strip is based on the world of Mooch, the curious cat, Earl, the ever-trusting dog, and the other characters who inhabit his beloved comic strip.
For more information or to purchase tickets or a sponsorship to the October 26 event go to www.drgreenway.org or call 609-924-4646.