Celebrate Westport’s Greenday with Wakeman Town Farm

By Analiese Paik

Feeling a little jaded this Earth Day? I was until I got an email detailing the two- day-long, newly minted Westport Greenday schedule for May 3-4. Organized and run by Club Green students from Staples High School, the event is diverse and compelling enough to make it a weekend destination. I’m truly impressed with the initiative the Green Club has put together to not only raise awareness about our everyday actions and how they impact the environment, but also introduce the community to the organizations that are effecting change and inspire behavioral changes. We humans are not wired to be green; it takes work.

Don’t miss Saturday’s open house at Wakeman Town Farm where guests can plant vegetables, learn square foot gardening, dance around the May Pole, and attend a sheep shearing, goat grooming, and wool spinning demo. Wow! This farm is a very child-friendly farm, owing to the fact that resident farmers Carrie and Mike Aitkenhead have two small children.

Earthplace, Public Works, Builders Beyond Borders and The Westport Cinema Initiative are also part of the event. Sunday’s 4 pm screening of Chasing Ice at Westport Town Hall is not to be missed! See full details of this and other scheduled Greenday events below, courtesy of westportgreenday.com.

What is greenday?

For the past several years, Staples High School’s Club Green has organized and sponsored Ecofest, a festival at the Levitt Pavilion during the springtime to promote sustainable living while featuring local music, food, vendors, and businesses. However, due to the current renovation of the Levitt Pavilion, the club has decided to retire Ecofest and put a new spin on promoting sustainability in Westport.

Club Green is pleased to announce GREENDAY during the first weekend of May 2014 (5/3/14 & 5/4/14)  – a community-wide event that celebrates the amazing work in sustainability that is happening across our great town.  Rather than one single, localized event, Greenday will showcase numerous initiatives and organizations through a weekend long schedule of activities at multiple town locations.  The complete schedule of events can be viewed at theSchedule tab above.  Most events are family oriented and free unless otherwise posted.  Pick and choose how you want to spend the day celebrating the Earth!  Come alone or with your family.  Attend one event or attend all.  It is really up to you but it is all about celebrating sustainability in our town!

Get excited and get ready, because this event is going to blow your solar panels off!!

Schedule of Events:

So here is how the the two day event will play out.

Attend one event or all the events.  It’s really up to you.
A downloadable version of this schedule will be available shortly.

Schedule of Events:

So here is how the the two day event will play out.Attend one event or all the events.  It’s really up to you.
A downloadable version of this schedule will be available shortly.  

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014


Sat. 5/3  9am-12pm: Volunteer Clean-up of Dead Man’s Brook

–  Sponsored by Builders Beyond Borders (B3) www.buildersbeyondborders.org
   and Westport Parks And Recreation Department 
–  Location: Westport Woman’s Club, Lower Parking Lot, 44 Imperial Ave., Westport, CT
–  Directions: Click here for directions
–  Fee:  Free and open to the public 
–  Parking:  Westport Woman’s Club, Lower Parking Lot, 44 Imperial Ave., Westport, CT
–  Description:  geared to all ages and a great family activity.  Do your part to keep ourcommunity clean.   Wear hiking boots or rubber boots, work gloves and bring a filled water bottle.
Sign-up:  Click here to sign up or http://doodle.com/4ddp4mv8zbswvwu9 if the link doesn’t work

Sat. 5/3  10am-12pm: Water Pollution Control Facility –Tour & Open House

– Sponsored by Town of Westport, Public Works Department
Location:  4 Elaine Road, Westport, CT 06880
Fee:  Free and open to the public
Parking:  on-site parking available.
Description:  – Ever wonder where your wastewater ends up?  It’s a dirty job but a critical part to keeping our environment and local waterways clean and healthy.  Come see the process and technology first hand during a guided tour of the facility.  
                                              – Tours offered at 10am and 11am.  (length of tour is between 45 minutes and 1 hour)
                                                                     


Sat. 5/3  10am-1pm:  Nature Walks &  Pond Science

– Sponsored by Earthplace  www.earthplace.org
Location:  10 Woodside Lane, Westport
Fee:  Free and open to the public
Parking:  on-site parking available.
Description:  – Crafts and Long Island Sound Touch Tank.  

                          – Guided Nature Walks at 10:30am and 12pm.
                                                                         – Animal Encounters at 10am, 11am, and 12:30pm  



Sat. 5/3  1pm-4pm:  Spring Fun at the Wakeman Town Farm!    

–   Sponsored by the Wakeman Town Farm  www.wakemantownfarm.org
–   Location:  The Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport
–   Fee:  Free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated.
–   Parking: parking available along Wakeman Drive adjacent to the farm property
–   Description:  activities for children, families, and/or adults interested in sustainability.
*  Information regarding CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) will be available throughout the event.
                                               Schedule
1pm – 2:15pm:   – Farm tours (see our gardens and meet our many farm animals)
                             – Square Foot Garden Workshop 
                             – Help plant our vegetable and flower gardens.  
                             – Children’s activities and games2:15 – 2:45pm:   – Sheep shearing, goat grooming, and wool spinning demo.                                        – 2:45 – 3:15pm:   – Greenhouse dedication ceremony                                                      – 3:15 – 4:00pm:   – *Big Event*  Traditional ‘May Pole’ dance and drum circle. 


SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014


Sun. 5/4   4pm-6pm:   documentary  ‘ CHASING ICE’  & Panel Discussion on Climate Change 

–   Sponsored by The Westport Cinema Initiative  www.westportcinema.org      
   Location:  Westport Town Hall,  auditorium, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport
–   Fee:  $10/person, tickets available online or at the door
–   Parking: on-site parking available at town hall
–   Description:  In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

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