The flight of life


The clouds and rain earlier in the day gave way to a brilliant summer evening for the 2nd annual Butterfly Release Day.  More than 300 butterflies were purchased in support of ARCH  that requires to raise about $600,000 annually to maintain the service locally on top of the government funding the facility receives.

butterfly releaseThe event, staged at the Bellevue Park Bandshell celebrates life or in memory of a loved one. The butterflies are shipped to the event “chilled” in little cardboard containers. Those who purchased a butterfly to be released must cup the container for about ten minutes to wake up the butterfly. “You can feel the butterfly begin to flutter in your hand” an ARCH spokesperson told  The butterflies used are known as “Painted Lady”