By Ed Vilade
Member, Earth Day Planning Committee
Riderwood’s Earth Day celebration this year will be enhanced by a number of new activities and exhibits along with many familiar favorites. The main event will take place in Montgomery Hall on the lower level of Montgomery Station from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on April 25, but two preview events will kick off the festivities. On Wednesday April 19, the Science and Technology Lecture series will present “Killer Hurricanes,” a NOVA film, in the Encore Theatre. On Monday, April 23, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will deliver an update on “The State of the Bay” in the Chesapeake Room at Montgomery Station.
First-time exhibits on April 25 will include nature photographs by Riderwood’s Photography Club led by David Ebert, a papier-mâché class taught by Tamar Handel, an exhibit from the Riderwood Arts Council and a display from the Environmental Defense Fund.
Among the familiar features that day will be Lori Hill appearing as Sister Eden and offering a display and a series of brief films on sustainable living.
At 2:30 the Hat Parade will begin its march around campus, accompanied by musical numbers performed by Riderwood residents and staff. Participants will wear hats representing outdoor- or ecology-related activities such as gardening, biking, watching various sports, and even cooking.
Other activities include the popular recycled jewelry sale. Jewelry collection is ongoing, so check bulletin boards for donation locations. Also, Country Nursery will hold a plant sale and pottery and other items will be offered for sale by exhibitors. There will be a drop-off location to recycle electronics.
The Earth Day planning committee particularly encourages residents to volunteer as greeters for outside exhibitors and visitors, and also to help with exhibits. If you are able to volunteer, contact Becky Hedin at (301) 890-3825 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.