Our 7th Annual Festival was “chock-full” of educational opportunities that helped to sharpen everyone’s “eco-knowledge.” Here’s our 2014 schedule:
Lions Club “Lose the Litter”
Join your friends and neighbors to clean up Newtown’s streets. Gift certificates for free ice cream Sundaes from Ferris Acres Creamery are hidden around town and your team may be the lucky crew to win one as you “tackle the trash”!
Opening Welcome National Anthem — Barrett DeYoung
Invocation — George A. Coleman, Acting Commissioner of Education, CT (Retired)
John Voket & Kevin Spooner
Newtown locals strumming out acoustic folk rock ranging from Jackson Browne to Harry Chapin and Counting Crows.
A Music Celebration for the Earth (Kid’s Section)
Join us for a community music making celebration to honor Earth Day hosted by SOUND and Music Together® of Monroe/Newtown. Music Together® will kick things off with an interactive experience of joyful songs & movement in observance of Love, Peace, & Nature and then SOUND will lead the group through a lively multigenerational Drum Circle. While we’ll have some drums, please bring your own for the drum circle in case we do not have enough.
11:30am and 12:30pm talks
Birds of Prey Exhibit (Kid’s Section)
Sponsored by the good folk at The Sharon Audubon Center, this is your chance to meet one of their 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. Stop by to learn about these wonderful aviators and the Audubon’s work in rehabbing and releasing them.
The Harpoon Dodgers
Dave Boyle and Dave Stout make their Earth Day debut with an eclectic selection of acoustic indie and roots rock favorites.
“Cooking with the Sun” (Kid’s Section)
Learn how to use a solar oven to turn your next back-yard BBQ into something special!
Back for their third year, this Grammy nominated father-son team will break out smiles with their brand of acoustic “World Fusion, New Age” and Jam-Band music.
“Inside the Hive” w/ Beekeeper Jeff Shwartz (Kid’s Section)
Jeff Shwartz is on the board of directors for southwestern CT’s Backyard Beekeeper Association and is a wealth of knowledge about honeybees. He’ll bring his honeycomb and bees (locked tightly in glass) to discuss the benefits of our insect friends and beekeeping in our community.
Led by Newtown’s own Vance Provey, this Jazz-Funk-Fusion outfit is a who’s who of CT rock and jazz musicians that will be sure to have you swingin’ & groovin’.
Taiko Drumming w/ Fraser Woods School (Kid’s Section)
Get your beat on with this afternoon rhythm session!
A high energy band out of Danbury that covers rock and pop from the Stones and CCR to Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.
Mark Barden & Friends
Newtown guitarist Mark Barden — whose band “Alternate Universe” is a town favorite – will close the day with great licks, jamming tunes and a few surprise friends.
Come hungry and make plans to either grab lunch, some tasty snacks, or great beverages while browsing our festival. Featuring Aquarian Caterers global cuisine, My Place pizza, Biscotti Etc., Catering by Roxanne’s grilled favorites, Geppeto’s Italian Ice and great java from Candlewood Roasters, our Food Court offers plenty of options for everyone!
- Create a Stain-Glassed Earth w/ Everwonder Children’s Museum
- Get Your Face Painted with Crafty Carolina
- Be a Part of the Eco-Fabulous Fashion Show
- Make Your Own Pinecone Birdfeeders with StoneHollow
- Meet the Animals from Castle Hill Farm
- Browse the NHS Hockey Team Booster Club Tag Sale
- Tie-Dye T-Shirts & Make Eco-Crafts
- Make Your Own Seed Balls and Pottings
- Learn About Composting & Gardening Fun w/ Fairfield County Co-Op
- Learn How to Knit with Nicole Christensen
- Get a Bike Safety Check with Sandy Hook Cycle
- Make Puppets from Recycled Materials w/ Geppeto’s Italian Ice
- Save Money on Your Electric Bill w/ the Sustainable Energy Commission
DON’T MISS OUR VENDOR FAIR!
From“green” merchants to school clubs and town associations, Newtown’s Earth Day Festival is the one place to learn how “easy it is to be green!” Want to be a vendor – sign up now!