Sweetbriar Nature Center- Annual Fundraiser

We had such a wonderful time at Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown this past Saturday. We saw some familiar faces and enjoyed a lot of new ones too.

Sweetbriar everyday connects the community with Wildlife and their grounds are beautiful. At the Butterfly and Bird Wildlife Festival there were talented craftsmanship vendors, family entertainment, Long Island Children’s Authors, animal rescues and so much more…

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At the Momee Friends of Long Island area families and individuals were welcomed to check out all we have to offer as well as show their support for Inclusion by tracing their hand and placing it on our Inclusion flower.

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We had a lot of smiling faces join us in supporting our mission of planting seeds of ACCEPTANCE, AWARENESS AND INCLUSION.

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And this little girl is Alice who used scissors for the first time to cut out her hand and support INCLUSION with us. YEAH for Alice! What a great accomplishment : ) Her parents were so proud of her. What a great family.

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At our table we had a donation area for The BOOK FAIRIES  and we had a nice amount of book donations from local families. We thank you so much for your support I know that the children who receive these books will be so happy.


The kids were able to make Pipe Cleaner/ Cheerios Bird Feeders with us and they did a great job.

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We love our Long Island Children’s Authors and the books they have all written are wonderful. At the event families were able to meet and buy autographed books from the five talented authors pictured below: Darren Sardelli, Natasha Guruleva, Linda Frank, Tim Hoppey, and Sandy Lanton.


Read about each author below:

Darren Sardelli is the author of the award winning book, Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie (School Poems That Are Out of This World).

Visit his website —> click here



Natasha Guruleva is the Mushroomland storyteller. She is also an award winning book artist, independent writer and filmmaker.  

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“Her fascination with the world of nature comes from the magic of her Russian childhood, when every living creature – be it a mushroom, a flower or a butterfly – had as much value as any other, including human beings.”

Natasha has 25 books and counting available for purchase.

Read more on her website —> click here


Linda Maria Frank is a local Long Island author who writes great teen mystery books. She has published three books of An Anne Tillery Mystery Series so far: The Madonna Ghost and Girl with Pencil, Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys.

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Read more on her website —-> click here


 Tim Hoppey is a retired NY City Firefighter and a local Long Island author who has had 6 children’s books published.

His latest book has recently become available and is ready for purchase: The Red Car.

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Purchase his books on Amazon—> click here


 Sandy Lanton is a local Long Island author who has written several books with wonderful stories and messages for our children. Sandy has touched upon subjects that families could use during difficult times such as divorce and death. I am so happy that Sandy has written these books for our children to read and help them during these times. (They are wonderful conversation starters.)

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Read more about Sandy Lanton on her website —> click here


Please visit the Books section of our website to read about some more of our local authors and their books —> click here

There was so much great Wildlife to see at the festival:

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and of course lots of Caterpillars…

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I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria Bonavita of North Babylon and at 11 years old she is doing amazing things.

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Follow her on Facebook and see all of “Victoria’s Amazing Pets” —>click here

Thank you to Sweetbriar Nature Center for having us at the event and thank you to all the families who came out for the day!

Check out the Sweetbriar Nature Center website —> click here

See you at our next event at Jungle Bob’s Reptile World…

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Event Date: Thursday June 25th, 2015   5pm to 7pm


Each child will be $3 more at the door. Save up to $9 by buying online

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My name is Anne and I am a local mommy blogger ... Momee Friends is all about Long Island and all things local with the focus on family

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