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Earth Day 1: It Take A Village…


It’s Earth Day, as you probably know. And if you hang out regularly at iJamming!, you probably agree that every day should be Earth Day. Still, just as every day should also be Mothers Day (or Kids Day) it’s good to stop and think about things for 24 hours or more, focus our attention on an issue before moving on with the gleeful chaos of modern life. Our own community started its Earth Day celebrations last weekend, with a major event at the Ashokan Campus last Saturday, and a wonderful community party based around the Phoenicia Parish Hall on Sunday. I look forward to the Phoenicia Earth Day celebration with great eagerness; it seems to bring the best out of our village, tied in closely as it is with the local elementary school’s PTA. This year included presentations on composting and organic gardening, a reclaimed living room, had the kids involved in making recycled furnishings and decorations, included formal tables from the DEC and other organizations, had bake sales of healthy home-made food, and included a treasure hunt and a nature walk. In the meantime, the newly revitalized Camp Woodland (at which “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” was written, in part, by summer students and where the likes of Seeger, Guthrie, Leadbelly and co. were all regular performers) was tilling the soil of the Phoenicia Park to create a brand new Community Garden. Some photos below perhaps give an idea of the fun that was had. Thanks to all who made it such a beautiful day out – including Mother Nature for the sunshine. Happy Earth Day.

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