ECO PALOOZA FESTIVAL TAKES OVER BRUNSWICK
- April 26, 2012
- on 4/26/2012
- MoJo: Dominique Marsalek
WasteNot! Brunswick, similar to Frederick City's own "Waste Not!" chapter, is a grassroots effort to inspire sustainable lifestyles within the Frederick community. In 2010, Karin Tome, Brunswick Council member for Mayor Jones, worked with local citizens to build the organizational groundwork that became WasteNot! Brunswick. Although the Brunswick chapter does not have a web page, its Facebook page explains its mission:
"WasteNot! Brunswick embraces the goal of Sustainability in all its aspects. It seeks to introduce our community to the many businesses as well as Local, State and Federal agencies that encourage all of us to conserve resources — including energy, water and materials. Conserving energy and water, diminishing waste, through recycling, composting organic waste and re-using items instead of trashing them, helps the community save money and effectively marshal diminishing resources."
Saturday, April 28, WasteNot! Brunswick will host an Eco-Palooza Festival with the hope of making the event a well-known yearly celebration. Eco-Palooza, a celebration of Earth Day as well as local green-friendly businesses, will offer family friendly educational activities for the public as well as local vendors for food and fun. These vendors include, but are not limited to, the local Brunswick Hardware store and A Better Choice Bakery and Market. Each vendor will provide items for purchase, like rain barrels for collecting rain, as well as activities.
Beth Johnson, manager of the newly expanded A Better Choice Bakery and Market, will have a table set up offering "allergen free food and baked goods, like vegan and/ or gluten free options." Beth is excited for this weekend's festival for two major reasons. One, most local events are catered by businesses outside of town but "this time they are actually handing out literature about the local foods offered here" as well as setting up tables for local businesses. Second, Beth is working with Furever Love, a pet rescue organization based out of West Virginia in order to raise money for animals that are in need of medical assistance. Beth will be working to raise funds in a couple of ways: a "kissing booth" for those who want to pay for a doggie kiss or sloppy lick on the nose, a fun t-shirt braiding activity to make dog toys, and a donation collection for dog-food, money, and other pet items. In addition to her efforts during the festival, Beth will be selling assorted homemade pies all week with proceeds benefiting Furever Love. Keep an eye out for paw prints, "any money collected from selling items with a paw print will be donated."
Eco-Palooza is happening in Brunswick this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Potomac Avenue across from the train tracks, between South Maryland Ave. and South Maple Ave. Bring your family and friends, explore local shops, and find new ways to be green, to save money, and to build a stronger community.
For more information on event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/269416776483098/
A better Choice Bakery and Market: abetterchoicebakery.com
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