2015 Year in Review: Elizabeth Brooks, Office Manager

It’s time to look back on 2015! Check our blog between Christmas and New Year’s for a variety of stories and memories of 2015 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Music in the park … a piece of music in honor of Ed Clark… a Buddy the Bald Eagle appearance … free ice cream sandwiches … what else could you ask for? How about some nice weather …

The Stonewall Brigade Band, based in Staunton, is a concert band that puts on free concerts during the summer. We had been asked to take part in their “Kids’ Concert in the Park” night which would include the premier of “Edward Clark’s Eagle March”. We started planning who was going, which education animals would attend, what supplies we needed, and what treats we should take.

But as we got closer to the date, the weather started looking bad. This was in July, when summer storms can come and go quickly. Add to that the crazy weather patterns we can get here in the Shenandoah Valley, where it can be pouring in Staunton, but dry in Waynesboro. Who really knew what would happen that night?

We were not discouraged, so Lacy, Raina, Amanda, and I went ahead with our plans. We had too many exciting (and surprising) treats for the evening to let some rain stop us. So the night before the concert, my oldest son Austin and I greatly reduced Kroger’s ice cream sandwich inventory.

The afternoon of the concert, we packed everything up and headed to Gypsy Hill Park. I still remember driving toward Staunton when the rain drops started hitting my windshield. I started fussing at the clouds, to which Austin pointed out that they can’t hear me.

It ended up raining most of the evening; we were all soaked by the end of the night. But we had a great time. Raina coached Austin on offering the plethora of ice cream sandwiches we had. Lacy and I had fun taking turns holding Malcolm the cornsnake. Amanda was nuts with excitement over our first live streaming event, with the help of board member extraordinaire Kurt Plowman. We sang and danced to fun kid music from Disney and Sesame Street. The march in honor of Ed was wonderful, and Buddy did well. I will have to say though that Ronald McDonald (one of the other guests) is a little creepy.

Overall, it was a good night – we got a little wet, heard some fun music, and had ice cream sandwiches in the staff freezer for weeks.


Keep checking the Wildlife Center's blog for more year-end posts this week!