Fairfield celebrates Earth Day this Saturday

Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration will be held Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Avenue.

Since 1997, Fairfield has been celebrating Earth Day as a way of bringing together the community as we explore ways to live gently on the earth.

This year’s celebration will do just that, and then some. Food, live music, games and exhibits will add to the mix, entertain all ages, and offer new and exciting ways to think about our footprint.

Bring something old with you: clothes, shoes and fabrics will be collected and recycled by Bay State Textiles. Give up all those electronics like VHS players and phones (still have that Blackberry somewhere?) that have been cluttering up your basement.

This year’s annual Arts contest, with the theme of “When I look out my window,” has inspired Fairfield students to create art work, poetry, essays and videos with this unique perspective. And thanks to students from Lauralton Hall and Burr Elementary, “Trashy Fashion,” designs made from trash, a perennial favorite of Earth Day, is here again.

After the winter we’ve had, everyone is anxious to till the earth a bit. Talk to a master gardener about your garden. Learn about beekeeping, invasive plants, and compost as well. Test your chicken trivia with local farmer Patti Popp, from Sport Hill Farm in Easton. There will be a chance to buy beef and pork from Aradia Farm, which raises grass-fed cattle and pastured pigs using organic feed, grass, and vegetation.

Who knew there was a farm right under our noses in Bridgeport? Want to know how food can be grown inside, day or night? Metrocrops, an innovator at the forefront of the newest trend in farming, the urban farm, is doing just that.

Learning about the earth can be fun for kids too. There will be an array of activities and games, face painting, crafts. Our friends from the Discovery Museum will be there with earthy activities. Folk artist Evelyn Avoglia will show kids how to turn household recyclables into rhythm instruments. Boy Scout of Troop 88 will be demonstrating the art of “Square Foot Gardening.”

Introduce your next generation to rock and roll classics as center stage in the quad hosts Fairfield’s own homegrown Mostly Green Band, who perform music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Forget Orange. Solar is the new black. It’s way cool, save you lots, add value to your home, and helps the Earth. Vendors from solar and other energy saving companies will be ready to answer all your questions.

A life-sized, working replica (and a thing of beauty) of the plane flown by Gustave Whitehead will be on display. Whitehead, who flew his plane in Bridgeport, two years before the Wright Brothers, is steadily gaining a place in aviation history.

Sierra Club will have experts on hand to talk about issues like fracked gas and shared solar. Concerned about carbon pollution? Public transportation?

Get up close and personal on environmental issues as Congressman Jim Himes, Senator Tony Hwang, and Representatives Laura Devlin, Brenda Kupchick and Cristin McCarthy Vahey answer your questions during the Legislators’ Forum from 11:30-12:30.

Life size replica of Gustave Whitehead plane on display at Fairfield Earth Day Celebration, Fairfield Warde H.S. —Photo by Shawn O’Sullivan

Life size replica of Gustave Whitehead plane on display at Fairfield Earth Day Celebration, Fairfield Warde H.S. —Photo by Shawn O’Sullivan.

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