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April 5, 2011


April 5, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 5

JOIN US FOR WELL SPENT WEDNESDAYS:Please visit OCCA staff and Board members at Alex & Ika Restaurant (Main Street, Cooperstown) on Wednesdays in April as part of the restaurant’s generous “Well Spent Wednesdays” campaign for non-profits. On Wednesday evenings in April, half of the price of every glass of draft beer and house wines sold will be donated to OCCA. Proceeds will benefit OCCA, Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation association, to be put toward programming to protect and preserve the environment. We hope you will join us for casual conversation toward a very good cause!

EaRTH FESTIVAL IS SATURDAY (visit for a complete list of attractions and exhibitor information):The works of artist Tony Murray, an amazing array of articulated skeletons and a contingent of Cooperstown Farmers’ Market vendors are just a few of the diverse attractions of Earth Festival 2011, to be held Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Milford Central School.

In keeping with this year’s “reduce, reuse, recycle” theme, a special Earth Festival art installation featuring the sculpture of Tony Murray – in conjunction with Murray’s April exhibit at the Cooperstown Art Association titled “Out of This World” – will emphasize the unique and beautiful qualities of recycled art.

“I have been using found objects to sculpt with, or create something with, for as long as I can remember,” said Murray, who combines recycling, found objects and photography to form a new type of mixed media he calls “sculptography.”

Sy Lloyd, an Otego resident and perennial Earth Festival favorite, will overview adaptations, natural history and forensic findings through his vast collection of animal skeletons, and Cooperstown Farmers’ Market vendors will be a central component of Earth Festival, offering fresh spring flowers, a variety of fresh produce, organic meats, cheeses, baked goods, and crafts. Participating vendors are: ARK Floral, fresh-cut flowers; Glimmerglass Chocolates, hand-crafted confections; Heller’s Farm, produce and mushrooms; Italian Cookie Home, home-baked goods; Nectar Hills Farm, local meats and biscotti; Helen Powers, goat milk soap; Promise Land Farm, lamb (all cuts), fresh sausages and smoked snack sticks; Raindance Farm, free cheese samples; Silver Wolf Farm, goat milk soap; and Surprise-in-Store, doll and baby clothes.

And, in its Otsego County debut, the ChicoBag™ Bag Monster® will help to educate this year’s Earth Festival attendees about the impact single-use plastic bags have on our environment. These flighty bags end up in trees, along roadsides and washed up on sea shores. Sponsored by the Otsego County Conservation Association, the Bag Monster® costume is made with 500 plastic bags, the average amount an American uses in one year.

Throughout the day, a number of items will be collected for recycling and reuse. Event organizers invite attendees to drop off Styrofoam (white only), bubble wrap, empty inkjet cartridges, old cell phones, prom dresses, unwanted videotapes and CDs, and used nylon monofilament fishing line at no charge.

Edison Computers will be on hand for an electronics collection (some fees will apply), and footwear of all kinds will be accepted for a donation of $1 per pair. Athletic shoes and sneakers will be recycled as part of Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. Other gently worn footwear – dress shoes, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance shoes and flip flops – will be donated to the Soles4Souls Program.

Earth Festival 2011 exhibitors include familiar faces from last year’s festival as well as newcomers to the venue. Confirmed to date are: Andela Products, Bassett Green Team, Bath Fitter, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship, CNR Solar, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, Cornell Cooperative Extension Otsego County Master Gardener Program, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Equity Energy, Friends of Glimmerglass State Park, Gilson’s Native American Crafts, Great Brook Solar NRG, Hanford Mills Museum, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego County Soil & Water Conservation District, Otsego Lake Association, Otsego Land Trust, Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, Otsego 2000, Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, United Methodist Women’s Green Team, and Wildlife Learning Company.

Other highlights are a “Pottery for Education” silent auction, the EcoArt Trendy Trash contest, the Go Green! Fashion Show (ticket only, call 286-7721, extension 8408), the BigFoot baler, a pre-festival bird walk at The Robert V. Riddell State Park (call 286-9222 for details), local beef burgers served up for lunch and plenty of children’s activities, inside and out.

Now in its sixth year, Earth Festival is a free environmentally-focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, activities, vendors and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. Earth Festival 2011 is sponsored by Otsego County Conservation Association and Wildlife Learning Company. Call admin to learn more.

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