Morgan's Grove Park will be the site of the annual Earth Day celebration this Saturday, April 28. Gates open at 11 a.m. to an event offering everything from food to crafts to music to information.
The event is organized by Earth Vibe Productions, a group consisting of Bill and Stephanie Unger, Todd Coyle and Matt Robinson.
Stephanie Unger explained that the event welcomes all types of participants, both nonprofit and for-profit. Currently there are 60 vendors registered to take part in the event. Among those hoping to share information about their agency or event are Friends of Blackwater Falls, the City of Charles Town, Occupy Martinsburg and Shenandoah WIC. Shepherdstown 250 organizers will be on hand to share more about upcoming events on the town's year-long celebration while Craftworks, Relay for Life teams and 4-H clubs will offer goods and educational materials.
"There are many crafters," Unger said. "We have two selling soap as well as a lot of wood crafts." The local Farmers Market will also take advantage of the visitors to offer their wares as well.
Morgan's Grove Academy will be offering a variety of children's activities throughout the day.
Live bands will offer entertainment beginning at noon and continuing until the event concludes at 9 p.m. Included in the lineup of the day's groups are Paul Pfau Trio, Acoustic Burgoo, Dawgone, Krispy Kat Quintet, Luke Johnson Band, Silent Old Mountains, Zion Hearts, Andrew Luttrell Band, Todd C. Walker, and Bob Keel and Chelsea McBee.
Sponsors for this annual event include Shepherdstown 250, Kohlepp Insurance Agency, Morgan's Grove Market, American Public University Systems, Apple Valley Waste, Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise and Shepherdstown Community Club. Non-Profits are Appalachian Trail Conservancy, PATC, Craftworks at Cool Springs, BSHS and Friends of Blackwater.
The event costs $10 to park and is free to all who bike or walk. The proceeds from the event will go the park and the live musical performers.
Unger made a point of commending attendees at past year's events, saying "Every year the place looks better when people leave than when they get there." The grounds are completely clear of trash and debris, she said, noting that people take the Earth Day celebration as just that a celebration of the earth.
More information about the event can be found at www.earthvibeproductions.com.