Celebrate Earth Day at Noccalula Falls

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Residents of the area around Gadsden, Alabama, will celebrate Earth Day Sunday, April 27 at Noccalula Falls Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970, and it is now celebrated around the world,” said Peggie Griffin, Sierra Club co-chair for the event. “We want this Earth Day Celebration to become a Gadsden area tradition to honor the earth where we live and to raise awareness of the need to protect earth’s natural resources for future generations. We invite everyone to come out for a fun-filled day.”

A highlight of the day will be a drawing for a beautiful Craig Reynolds painting of Noccalula Falls. All event attendees, 18 or older, will be able to sign up for the drawing. The painting will be on display throughout the day.

“The second annual Coosa Valley Earth Day Celebration at Noccalula Falls will be bigger and better this year,” Diahanne McBride, one of the Coosa Valley Sierra Club co-chairs of the event, said. “Local artists, musicians, green businesses, non-profits, and farmers will come together to make this a day to remember at Noccalula Falls.”

Live music will fill the air. Popular Birmingham band, The Oxymorons, a stringed folk rhythm and rock band, will play most of the day. A special treat will be the Etowah Youth Orchestra Stringed Quartet at noon. In the afternoon, Greasy Cove musician Ellen Harris will lead two Children’s Music Times.

Earth Day attendees are encouraged to bring their old electronics for recycling. The service will be free, except a $10 fee for televisions.

In keeping with the spirit of Earth Day, arts and crafts will have a natural or earth-related theme. There will be pottery, Native American crafts, gourd carving, goat’s milk soap, hand-made purses made from recycled materials, birdhouses, recycled candles, photo preservation and many others.

A Farmers Market will feature Gypsy Ranch Farm, Forever Sunrise Organics, and Cold Creek Honey. Earth Day attendees will be able to purchase many items of fresh produce, such as eggs, strawberries, honey and spring veggies. The Etowah County Master Gardeners will be giving free plants to children.

In the Children’s Pavilion, children will participate in a number of crafts featuring nature or recycling. Children will have the opportunity to meet Jillian Reeves, the new Gadsden Public Library Children’s librarian, who will lead two story times during the morning hours. And, of course, no children’s activities would be complete without the ever popular face painting.

The event is sponsored by the Coosa Valley Sierra Club and co-sponsored by the City of Gadsden, Etowah County Tourism Board and Coosa Riverkeeper.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE

10:00 Opening of Earth Day at the Falls

All-Day Events

10:00 – 4:00 Exhibits and/or Sales by Artists, Green Non-Profit Organizations and Businesses, and a Famers’ Market Children’s Activities in the Children’s Pavilion Electronics Recycling of all types ($10 charge for TV’s)

11:00 – 3:00 Live Music – The Oxymorons, a popular stringed folk rhythm and rock band from Birmingham

10:00 – 1:30 Sign up for Drawing for Craig Reynolds Painting of Noccalula Falls at the Sierra Club tent (must be 18 or older to be eligible – no need to be present to win)

Scheduled Events Throughout the Day

10:30 Children’s Story Time with Jillian Reeves, Gadsden Public Library

11:30 Children’s Story Time with Jillian Reeves

12:00 Etowah Youth Orchestra Stringed Quartet

1:30 Drawing for Craig Reynolds Painting of Noccalula Falls

1:35 Children’s Music Time led by Greasy Cove musician Ellen Harris

3:00 Children’s Music Time led by Greasy Cove musician Ellen Harris

3:20 Noccalula Falls Trail hike led by Steve Garrison, Coosa Valley Sierra Club Outings Leader – sign up at Sierra Club Tent

4:00 Closing of Earth Day at the Falls

© 2013, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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