Otsego County Conservation Association’s annual Earth Festival returns this Saturday with vendors, exhibitors, recycling, a talk on local climate, gardening workshops, yoga and more. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Milford Central School.
Now in its thirteenth year, Earth Festival is an environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment. This year includes two pre-festival events. Earth Festival Movie Night, sponsored by Otsego 2000, features the new Josh Fox film, How to Let Go of the World and Learn to Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. The movie will be shown on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Herbert B. Garman, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Milford Central School. On Saturday morning, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society board member Bob Donnelly leads a pre-festival bird walk. The bird walk leaves the school parking lot at 9 a.m. Admission to movie night, the pre-festival bird walk, and Earth Festival itself is free.
The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will be hosting Spring Garden Day in conjunction with Earth Festival. Spring Garden Day features workshops on a variety of gardening topics suitable for those both new and experienced to gardening. There is a $10 fee to participate in Spring Garden Day workshops. Contact CCE at 607-547-2536 for information and details.
This year, Earth Festival will feature guest speaker Beth Renckens Gibbons. A Cooperstown native and Managing Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Gibbons will present “Understanding and Preparing for Climate Change in Otsego County.” This talk will provide a brief overview of the climate system, then dive deeply into current and anticipated changes due to climate change in our area. Gibbons’ talk will begin at 12:15 p.m.in the auditorium.
The traditional Earth Festival exhibitor and vendor fair opens at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium. This year, nearly 40 earth-friendly businesses, organizations, and individuals will be on hand to provide information, products and activities. Food will be available from Origins Café, of Cooperstown, and Jamaican Creations, of Oneonta.
Also returning this year is the EcoArt/Trendy Trash display and contest. The challenge is to create something useful and/or artistic from items that have outlived their original purpose. Students can enter the contest for free; it costs $5 for adults. Entry forms are available at http://occainfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-ECOART-ENTRY-FORM-Google-Docs.pdf. Entries can be dropped off at Milford Central School between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on the day of the event.
Back for a second year are yoga sessions for beginners and children, led by local, certified instructors. Katherine Walters, of Love Your Life Yoga & Community in Milford will lead two sessions for adults, while Karla Andela will lead a session for children. Yoga sessions will be held in the small gym at the school. Mats will be provided. Yoga is free, though pre-registration is appreciated. Pre-register using the form at http://occainfo.org/calendar/earth-festival-2017/.
Recycling is an important part of taking care of the Earth, and Earth Festival delivers on that count, as well. OCCA is again offering special recycling opportunities for Styrofoam (clean and white only), wood pellet bags, inkjet cartridges, tennis balls, pens and markers, natural wine corks and monofilament fishing line. The Lions Club of Cooperstown will be collecting eyeglasses, and Soles to Share, a non-profit organization run by students from Cooperstown High School, will be collecting shoes. Free document shredding will be provided by Empire Recycling’s Confidata Shredding Truck from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Earth Festival 2017 is presented by Otsego County Conservation Association, with support from Five Star Subaru, Central NY Mobile Marketing, and Otsego 2000. For further information, visit www.occainfo.org, call (607) 547-4488, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.