Morgan's Grove Park will once again serve as the site of the annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, Apr. 26. Gates open at 11 a.m. to an event offering everything from food to crafts to music to information.
Organized by Earth Vibe Productions, the event continues to expand each year. According to group spokesman Todd Coyle, there are already more than 50 vendors scheduled to set up thoughout the park.
"We expect to have as many as 60 to 70," Coyle said.
He shared that this year, in addition to music, arts, crafts and environmental focuses, there is also a partnership with the American Conservation Film Festival who will be filming as part of the Cut to the Chase Filmfest.
"In the future, we hope to offer a contest of Earth Day moments video," Coyle said.
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 The Boatmen, The Green Boys, Herb & Hanson, The Outpatients, The Gypsy Ramblers. Strung Tight, Sacred Groove, The Rolling Coyotes, Paul the Resonator, Sunrise Project and Roderick Deacey.
Master gardeneer demonstrations will be offered throughout the day. Different speakers will also be on hand including Del. Stephen Skinner who will share information about water safety in West Virginia.
Following the water theme, a variety of water groups will be on hand including Elk's Run Watershed, Sleepy Creek, Blue Ridge Watershed, West Virginia Conservation Agency and Potomac RiverKeepers. They will, according to Coyle, set up a tent with demonstrations on water and 'an enviroscape and hopefully some macro invertebrate sampling of the run.'
"We want to encompass as much of the community as possible," Coyle said of the multiple focus of the event. It is a place where everyone is equal; we can share ideas, meet new people, learn and network," he said. "It's more than 'Earth Day' it's 'Community Day,'" Coyle said.
Sponsors for this annual event include Kohlepp Insurance Agency, Jefferson County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, The Local Source. Fame, Man on the Line Music. Welch Sound and Ask Neal.
The event is free to all. While there had previously been a charge for parking at the event, Coyle said the goal is to offer something to the community and while it is possible to do that at no cost, that is the goal of the organizers.
The event will go on, rain or shine and Coyle said volunteers are still needed and can just come over any time during the day.
More information about the event can be found at www.pedc.earthvibeproductions.com.