EcoFest PRESS RELEASE
February 5, 2018
EcoFest 2018 Focuses on Sustainable Land Use
The Town of Arlington hosts EcoFest at Town Hall to inform and entertain the public around an important theme relating to sustainability and our local environment.
This year's event, titled EcoFest 2018: Greenward, will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 am to 2 pm. The free program with activities for all ages centers on three aspects of public and private land use: Land and Water Management, Plants and Pollinators, and People and Healthy Ecosystems.
In the Town Hall auditorium and outside the building, vendors will have display tables with products and services relevant to the theme, and many local nonprofit and volunteer organizations will share information about working on these topics. Among the expected special exhibits will be electric bicycles and cars, reusable shopping bags, and garden supplies. Other features will be the Bon Me food truck, a mini farmers' market, a Trashformations exhibit of recycled art by Arlington High School students, and a raffle of landscaping, energy-efficient, and bike safety products.
A family musical concert by Fred Griffith and friends, known collectively as Rubber Biscuit, will entertain both young and old (10:30-11:15 am). They play on miniature instruments with luscious three-part harmonies and a unique sound of their own. Their song selection ranges from gospel to doo-wop, rock and roll, tin pan alley, calypso, a few originals, and some traditional songs for children.
Home Harvest owner Ben Barkan will share his knowledge and experience in creating edible landscapes and constructing beautiful and functional outdoor spaces (12-12:45 pm). This locally based company includes gardeners, designers, stone masons, carpenters, welders, educators, and licensed construction supervisors who integrate edible, ornamental, medicinal, and native plants into the landscape.
EcoFest is produced jointly by members of Sustainable Arlington, Arlington Garden Club, Open Space Committee, and other volunteer groups, with staff from the Department of Public Works and the Department of Planning and Community Development.
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