Back to Our Roots is the theme of the 2013 Monadnock Earth Day Festival, held from April 13-20, in Keene, New Hampshire. It is organized by students from Antioch University New England (AUNE).
The week begins with Keene Green-Up Day on Saturday, April 13. There will be a day of events, including the Earth Day Expo, at the AUNE campus, on Saturday, April 20. A symposium at the United Church of Christ in Keene on Sunday, April 21, winds up the week. All events take place on the AUNE campus, 40 Avon, Street, Keene, except where noted.
Saturday, April 13
- 8 a.m. to Noon. Green Up Keene is a city-wide event during which you can pick up trash as well as network and volunteer for environmental or sustainability projects happening in the community. Find out more here. An invasive species removal project will follow at AUNE.
Saturday, April 20
- 9 to 10:30 a.m. Ashuelot Rail Trail Clean-Up
Community members of all ages are invited to participate. Gather outside AUNE and walk to Ashuelot River Park. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Earth Day Expo
Check out a range of local businesses, organizations, and vendors committed to sustainability. Shop at a mini-farmer’s market located on AUNE’s green. See the pedal-powered smoothie maker, on campus all day, and stop by for a carbon-free smoothie sample!
- Local musician Zach Benton will be playing an acoustic set throughout the Earth Day Expo. Check out some of his groovy tunes on ReverbNation.
- 11 a.m. to Noon. Green Business Award Presentation:
Keene Mayor Kendall Lane will kick off the Monadnock Earth Day Festival in the AUNE Community Room. The Cities for Climate Protection Committee will present the annual award to a local business that is committed to sustainability. A discussion on the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan and how citizens can promote and support sustainable initiatives will follow (tentative).
- Noon to 2 p.m. Sustainable Skills Workshops
Join us for an assortment of workshops that teach vital skills for resilient communities, including composting and container gardening. Check our website for more information on workshops as it becomes available.
- 2 to 3 p.m. An Algonquin Ceremony for Mother Earth
James B. Beard, a.k.a. Noodin, from the Northeast American Cultural Resource will perform a traditional Native American ceremony in honor of Mother Earth to close out the Monadnock Earth Day Festival. Find more on Noodin and his work here.
- Donna’s Cafe at AUNE will be open all afternoon through the Monadnock Earth Day Festival. Check out some of her healthy meal choices, have a cup of Fair Trade and organic coffee, or grab some homemade pastries. There’s something for everyone, from omnivores to vegans and everything in-between.
Sunday, April 20
- 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Interfaith Awakening the Dreamer Symposium
A symposium sponsored by the UCC Social Action Committee at the United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene. The community is invited to discuss and promote more ecologically sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling communities. Lunch and refreshments provided; suggested $10-$20 donation.
Volunteers are most welcome, for the two clean-up events and for the other Earth Festival activities.