By Ed Vilade
Member, Earth Day Planning Committee
A presentation on the state of the Chesapeake Bay and collection for the annual jewelry sale are among events scheduled for the run-up to Riderwood’s Earth Day Celebration. The Festival is set for Wednesday, April 24, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Maryland Hall and the Chesapeake Room at Montgomery Station. The theme this year is Protecting Species Diversity.
The Earth Day Festival Jewelry Sale, arguably the festival’s most popular event, is again raising funds for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) outreach programs. Last year’s sale provided the CBF with more than $1,200. Shoppers went home with fabulous finds and a good conscience, knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale went to the CBF.
This year’s Jewelry Sale coordinator, Joan Mouer, hopes to top last year’s success. “We are counting on residents to donate their unwanted jewelry during collection week, March 24 – April 6. With full participation from residents, we will be able to offer a wide selection of interesting pieces at the Earth Day Festival,” said Mouer. Residents may drop off jewelry donations on the package shelf outside the following apartments during collection week:
Village Square–Mildred Rust, PV-104; Nancy Cowan, VP-T01; Kathy Pasternak, WC-115; Martha Vayhinger, CC-T10.
Montgomery Station–Jack Wachtman, CT-111; Harriet Tarver, HS-202; Gail Greenberg, BG-212; Mildred Heinbaugh, KC-103.
Town Center–Ruth Horlick, MG-311; Anne-Riley, GV-T19; Evelyn and Ed Gehres, CL-203; Anne Ballentine, FR-110.
Lakeside Commons–Jane Cyphers, MS-109; Silva Trumbower, HG-209; Jim Henkelman-Bahn, OP-109; Marcia Troth, FC-210.
One of the main lead-up events to the festival will be the State of the Bay presentation on Thursday, April 11, from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. in the Encore Theatre. This talk, accompanied by slides, will answer the question “How Healthy is the Chesapeake Bay?” It is sponsored by the Riderwood Sustainability Committee, Residents Supporting Sustainability and the Riderwood Earth Day Committee. The CBF also hopes to bring its live oyster tank to the festival on April 24 to illustrate the important filtering function that oysters provide for the bay.
On March 25 at 10 a.m. in the Music Room at Village Square, Sam Droege, Researcher at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will present “The Role of Wild Bees in our Gardens and the Greater Ecosystem.” In recent years, environmental factors have threatened bee populations, and in turn imperiled the plants they pollinate. Learn about some of the 450 or so native bees and their close relationship to your garden plants.
The main festival lineup on April 24 will include a number of exhibits and presentations by environmental groups from Riderwood and outside groups such as the Sierra Club, Montgomery County Beekeepers, the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, and others. The AcoustiCats ukulele group will lead a sing-along, and short films and environment-themed poetry will be offered. Attendees are urged to wear recyclable and environment-themed clothing and hats.