April 22, 2014
As the unmistakable signs of Spring force us out of our homes and cubicles, so begins the start of another season in Richmond- festival season.
This weekend is the annual Earth Day Festival in Shockoe Bottom. Artists, musicians, local businesses, civic organizations and community activists all flock to "the Bottom" for a day of Earth-friendly fun, education and celebration.
Attractions include a city-wide can recycling drive, upcycled art & DIY exhibits, energy-efficient home & vehicle demos, composting and gardening demos, fresh local produce & spices, seedling giveaways, rock climbing, live music, plenty of food and hands-on recycling and upcycling activities for both kids and adults. This year's big draw, apart from the craft beers and wines that will be available, is a bid at a Guinness World record.
The success of the Festival has allowed organizers, Enrichmond, to give back to the Richmond community in a variety of ways. Just this year, they've established an urban orchard in Chimborazo Park, made improvements to the riverfront along the Flood Wall Trail and recycled oyster shells back to the Chesapeake Bay.
The festival is this Saturday, April 26th from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmer's Market. Bring the kids or grab a pal and go learn about how to take care of the Earth!