By Ed Vilade
Member, Earth Day Planning Committee
Got a favorite hat? One you use for gardening, hiking, sports-watching, maybe even cooking? Well, prepare to dig it out and don it on April 25 in the Riderwood Earth Day Hat Parade. The 2:30 p.m. event, featuring bonnets, boaters, beanies and other lids used in any kind of outdoor or ecology-related activity, will be a feature of Earth Day festivities. A well-known Riderwood singer may even introduce the parade. Contact Becky Hedin in Hampton Square if you want to be part of the official parade.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration at Riderwood is “Your Earth: Do Your Part” and Riderwood’s planning committee is developing a multi-day agenda of presentations and events designed to inform and entertain. These will include booths staffed by Riderwood conservation. sustainability and outdoor groups. We will also feature animal demonstrations and will have outside exhibitors such as the Sierra Club and the Audubon Naturalist Society.
While most of the activities, including the Hat Parade and the annual jewelry show, will take place on April 25, the days leading up to the main event will also have other features. Killer Hurricanes, a NOVA film, is planned to be shown on April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Encore Theatre. On April 23, a speaker from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will appear in Montgomery Station’s Chesapeake Room. Other events will be announced when they are finalized.