April 29, 2013 at 6:48 AM
MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This past Saturday, the residents of Maplewood gathered for the annual “Green Day” celebration. Green Day is now in its sixth year, and continues to combine family-oriented festivities with a spirit of environmental awareness. From 11 AM to 4 PM, Maplewood’s own Memorial Field hosted live music, children’s attractions, a rich variety of food vendors, and exhibit booths run by innovative eco-conscious businesses.
The planners behind this year’s Green Day were delighted with Saturday’s events. According to event organizer Tracy Woods, “the weather is great. Nearly a hundred vendors are here. It is a wonderful turnout.”
Visitors to Green Day were treated to live musical performances by 8 Bit, Kelly Jin-Hendel, and the Marco Ranieri Band, among others. In addition, popular Maplewood restaurants such as Cactus Charly and Tandoori Chef II set up booths on premises, serving refreshments and lunch selections.
And some of Maplewood’s important community organizations had representatives on site. One of the many Green Day display booths was run by Maplewood’s Environmental Advisory Committee, which describes itself as “a group of Maplewood residents appointed by the Township Committee to advise them and the municipal government on environmental/green issues including climate change, recycling, clean air, clean water, and protection against health threatening contaminants.” Advisory Committee Chair Bob McCoy found Green Day to be a wonderful venue for the organization: “The weather is perfect and there is so much energy in town. It’s nice to see.”
Eco-friendly businesses and organizations from outside Maplewood were also well represented. One of these was the Honey Brook Organic Farm, “the oldest operating organic farms in New Jersey, and the oldest certified organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in the Garden State.” Another was the South Mountain Conservancy, which aims to “preserve, protect, and enhance the 2,110-acre South Mountain Reservation in Essex County, New Jersey, including its trails, infrastructure, ecology, and natural beauty.”
Younger guests could enjoy the rock climbing wall, the Happy Tales Petting Zoo, and a fun demonstration by Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery. The seventh-grade members of Maplewood’s Girl Scout Troop 20489 were also on hand, proving free children’s face painting.
For a recap of this year’s Green Day schedule, please visit the environmental action site Maplewood Is Green. Information about additional special events in Maplewood Township can be found on the Township web site.