April 22, 2013


Groton celebrates chilly spring

Inaugural Spring Fling event brings people out to shop downtown

GrotonJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Kristen Blackman drops an egg from 15 feet while testing the softness of various materials Saturday during an egg drop for children at the Groton Spring Fling.

Staff Reporter

GROTON — Groton kicked off a new community celebration Saturday to welcome spring amid chilly weather and traces of snow blowing in the air.
Groton Spring Fling offered several events and was designed to get people out and shopping downtown, said Kristopher Buchan, president of the Groton Business Association.
“We’re really trying to bring more events, make things happen,” said Buchan, who owns Tompkins Cortland Real Estate and is a co-owner of the Groton Hobby Shop.
Groton Hobby Shop offered a free raffle for a doll house and a booth for Groton-school themed temporary tattoos was set up outside the shop’s front door.
“Get out and enjoy the day,” said Buchan, 36. “I wish it was a bit warmer, but at least it’s not raining.”
An egg drop contest behind the Groton fire station was well attended despite the snow. It was sponsored by Tompkins Community Action and its Headstart and Early Headstart program.
Children in the Early Headstart program, ages 18 months to 3 years old, were asked to form a hypothesis about what in their surroundings would prevent an egg from splattering when dropped from a height, said Michael Hoit, a family partner at the Head Start program who helped organize the egg drop.
The children’s hypotheses were tested by dropping eggs from a boom’s bucket 15 feet in the air, in the early introduction to a science experiment.
Eggs dropped on waffle blocks and stuffing cracked, while eggs dropped on a mound of plastic bags and plastic packing materials and a pile of shredded paper survived.
Older children built contraptions to surround and cushion their eggs before they were released from the boom’s bucket at a height of 20 feet.
Ethan Musgrove, 8, of Groton and Cooper Hewitt, 6, his friend from across the street, participated in the egg drop.
Musgrove put his egg into a soda bottle he cut in two and stuffed with layers of bubble wrap, tissue paper, shredded paper and packing material.
Hewitt placed his bag inside a cereal box filled with paper, plastic bags and Styrofoam.
While Musgrove’s egg broke, Hewitt’s egg was still in its shell.
“Next time, make it like mine,” Hewitt advised his friend.
“I made it at the last minute,” Musgrove replied.
“I think next time I’ll make my contraption from metal,” Hewitt said.
“I might need a plastic bag,” Musgrove said.
Elsewhere in the village, businesses sported colorful paintings on their windows created by students from the Groton High School on Thursday for the event, said Groton Rotary Club member Janet Watkins.
The Rotary Club sponsored the paintings on the theme peace through service and creativity, said Watkins, who also owns Brittany Station at 152 Main St.
“There was no direction other than the theme,” said Watkins. “They could paint whatever they wanted.”
The paintings offered a colorful collage of peace signs, people holding hands and handprints.
Photography by Ed Brewer Jr., who co-owns the Groton Hobby Shop with Buchan, was on display alongside other art at the Groton Public Library.
Brewer’s exhibit featured New York barns.
“I’ve always had a fascination with barns,” said Brewer, 38. “And it’s a shame how some of them are just not taken care of anymore.”
Brewer wonders about the stories that happened inside a barn’s walls when he sees a barn, Brewer said.
Thirty percent of proceeds from sales of Brewer’s photography were earmarked to support the library.


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