by Cynthia Tintorri; photos by Patricia Canavan and Ian Shipman
April 25, 2013
The sun shone, flowers and trees bloomed, and skies were blue -- it was a picture-perfect day to "Love Your Mother" at the Earth Day celebration held at Northampton Community College on April 25.
Sponsored by the Sustainability Committee, the event featured crafts, games, music, food and information tables set up in the Quad. Corey, the snapping turtle who resides on campus, strolled around with the many students, faculty, staff and community members who turned out to enjoy the day.
As the band known only as "The Professor Show" played, participants could make a bird feeder from a pine cone, tie-dye a t-shirt, color a page of Earth Day art, or decorate themselves with glittery body paint. Prizes could be won in a cake walk, a recycling bin toss, and (eww!) a "Guess How Many Butts are in the Jar" game using cigarette butts picked up on campus.
WNCC radio provided free Italian ice, and there was lemonade and fresh popcorn as well. Green health and beauty tips were demonstrated at one table, and information about post-and-rail fencing made entirely from recycled milk jugs was available at another. Those in a mood to spend a little money could buy 100% organic cotton t-shirts, as well as green items for sale by the NCC Bookstore. In exchange for donations to the East 40 Community Garden, the Good Growers Club was giving out handmade fired clay pots.
Strolling around enjoying the festival, the day's honoree, Mother Earth, handed out homemade cookies and posed for photos.
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