2016 Festival Schedule

Our 9th Annual Festival continues is“chock-full” of educational opportunities that will help to sharpen everyone’s “eco-knowledge.”  We look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday!

ED2013 Lose the Litter Hero Logo9:00-1:oopm
Lions Club “Lose the Litter”
Join friends and neighbors to help clean up Newtown’s streets while looking for gift certificates for free ice cream Sundaes from Ferris Acres Creamery — which are hidden around town for lucky crews to win one as you “tackle the trash”!


National Anthem — Kayla Verga and Lindsay Dievert
Kayla Verga and Lindsay Dievert are two Newtown Middle School 8th graders whom are very enthusiastic and talented in music! They both have performed in the Reed and Newtown Middle School musical theatre productions and in the New Arts productions.
Kayla has performed in shows for Sabrina’s Encore Productions and Lindsay has performed in the Newbury Musical Theatre.

Invocation — Mitch Bolinsky, CT State Representative
State Representative Mitch Bolinsky is serving his second term in the Connecticut General Assembly, proudly representing his hometown, Newtown’s 106th District. He currently serves on the legislature’s Appropriations, Education and Aging Committees. Representative Bolinsky is dedicated to providing caring constituent service to the children, families, seniors and businesses in town.

Neverland String Band
The Neverland String Band is Cadence Carroll (The Sloan Wainwright Band), Bill Burton(Earnest Hem ‘N Haw and the Shotgun Republic and The Shoutbacks) and their son Jessup (aspiring musician). Bringing an old-timey feel to classic and modern folk music, they’re looking forward to celebrate our wonderful little planet!

10:45 – On School Steps
Fraser Woods Taiko Drumming

Solid Gold Times Two

11:45 – On School Steps
Fraser Woods Taiko Drumming

Pat Llodra
First Selectman is the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer of the Town.

Dr. C
The Sultan of Spine will tickle your ears with high energy and vocal styling.

Comprised of father and son guitarists, John Eurell Sr. and John Eurell Jr., Sundad is making their name as an acoustic band whose compositions, recordings, and live performances are filled with beautiful rythyms, harmonies, and chord changes. The original repertoire consists mainly of finger-style acoustic guitar instrumentals that have been described as “World Fusion, New Age” and Jam-Band music. Website: www.sundad.com

1:00pm – Activities Section
Bee Demonstration
Jeff Shwartz

Skank Tones
Skank Tones is an original reggae band from Danbury CT. Founded in 2002 by drummer Skickman and singer Rich~i, we continue to bring positive vibes and roots, rock, reggae to the community at large. Contact them at skanktones@gmail.com

2:00-3:00pm – Activities Section
Birds of Prey
Festival-goers get to meet hawks and owls up close and personal. Hurt in the wild and now cared for by Sharon Audubon, these magnificent birds are the ambassadors for their species. It is a great opportunity to learn about these wonderful aviators and the Audubon’s work in rehabbing and releasing them. Check them out on Facebook or the web.

Alternate Universe
A town favorite, Mark Barden and his band are back with great licks, jamming tunes and an anticipated set of crowd-pleasers to close the day.
Website: https://www.facebook.com/AlternateUniverse2010


Tasty Food
An abundance of lunch options, tasty snacks, and great beverages were available as folks browsed our festival. Featuring My Place pizza, Catering by Roxanne, Aquarian Catering, ice cream treats from The Farmer’s Cow, and yummy maple popcorn from Aradia Farm, our Food Court offered plenty of options for everyone!


  • Get Your Face Painted
  • Tie-Dye T-Shirts & Make Eco-Crafts
  • Design a Custom Spin-Art Frisbee w/ Popowich Chiropractic
  • Make Your Own Seed Balls and Pottings
  • Meet the Animals from Paproski’s Castle Hill Farm
  • Win a Native Plant with Newtown Conservation Commission’s Raffle
  • Learn About Composting & Gardening Fun
  • Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders w/ Stonehollow Home Inspections
  • Learn How to Knit with Nicole Christensen
  • Get a Bike Safety Check with Sandy Hook Cycle
  • Save Money on Your Electric Bill w/ the Sustainable Energy Commission

From “green” merchants to school clubs and town associations, Newtown’s 9th Annual Earth Day Festival is the one place to learn how “easy it is to be green!”