Our 7th Annual Festival was “chock-full” of educational opportunities that helped to sharpen everyone’s “eco-knowledge.” We’ll have an updated schedule for this year’s festival in a few weeks, but here’s a reminder of all the fun we had last year.
Lions Club “Lose the Litter”
Friends and neighbors helped to clean up Newtown’s streets while looking for gift certificates for free ice cream Sundaes from Ferris Acres Creamery — which were hidden around town for lucky crews to win one as they “tackled the trash”!
Opening Welcome National Anthem — Barrett DeYoung
Invocation — George A. Coleman, Acting Commissioner of Education, CT (Retired)
John Voket & Kevin Spooner
Newtown locals strummed out acoustic folk rock ranging from Jackson Browne to Harry Chapin and Counting Crows.
A Music Celebration for the Earth (Kid’s Section)
A community music making celebration to honor Earth Day hosted by SOUND and Music Together® of Monroe/Newtown. Music Together® kicked things off with an interactive experience of joyful songs & movement in observance of Love, Peace, & Nature and then SOUND will led the group through a lively multigenerational Drum Circle.
11:30am and 12:30pm talks
Birds of Prey Exhibit (Kid’s Section)
Sponsored by the good folk at The Sharon Audubon Center, festival-goers got to meet 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. It was a great opportunity to learn about these wonderful aviators and the Audubon’s work in rehabbing and releasing them.
The Harpoon Dodgers
Dave Boyle and Dave Stout made their Earth Day debut with an eclectic selection of acoustic indie and roots rock favorites.
“Cooking with the Sun” (Kid’s Section)
Kids and adults alike learned how to use a solar oven to turn back-yard BBQs into something special!
Unable to join us in 2014 last minute, we’re hoping to have this outstanding Grammy nominated father-son team to join us again this year to 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 brought 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 had everyone swingin’ & groovin’.
Taiko Drumming w/ Fraser Woods School (Kid’s Section)
Everyone got their beat on with this afternoon rhythm session!
This high energy band out of Danbury covered 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 – closed the day with great licks, jamming tunes and an extended set that left everyone wanting more.
An abundance of lunch options, tasty snacks, and great beverages were enjoyed by everyone 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 offered 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
A GREAT VENDOR FAIR!
From“green” merchants to school clubs and town associations, Newtown’s 7th Annual Earth Day Festival was the one place to learn how “easy it is to be green!” Want to be a part of it all in 2015? Check out our registration page!