Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Joyce Goldsmith (609) 265-5858
BURLCO EARTH FAIR RETURNS TO SMITHVILLE SUN., JUNE 24
Environmental Fun for the Whole Family, 10:30 am to 4 pm
Sponsored by the Burlington County Freeholders, the
Burlington County Earth Fair is an all-
day celebration featuring exhibits, entertainment and tips
for protecting the environment. It will be held rain or
shine, with free admission on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30 am
to 4 pm.
The annual Recycling Stop and Drop for confidential paper
shredding and TV and computer recycling will be held from 10
am to 4 pm in the parking lot at Smith's Woods, Smithville
Road and East Railroad Avenue. (For more info about the
recycling event, call 609-499-1001)
The Earth Fair celebration draws thousands of visitors to the
park each year. New for 2012 will be an appearance by
celebrity Mike McGrath, host of the nationally-syndicated
public radio show You Bet Your Garden who will share tips
about how to "Get your Lawn Off Drugs" at noon, and offer
"Organic Answers to Your Toughest Garden Questions" at 2
Also new this year will be the "Make Your Own Rain Barrel"
workshop at 11 am for $45 per person, including all supplies.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Email: Haberland@njaes.rutgers.edu
or call: 856-216-7130, ext. 3.
The Sustainable Living Tent will showcase Earth-friendly
solutions for the home, including urban gardening,
homesteading, green home renovations, solar panels,
resource-saving appliances, and energy-saving light bulbs.
Visitors are encouraged to recycle their gently-used shoes at
the fair's Shoebox Recycling exhibit. For more information,
go to www.shoeboxrecycling.com
A selection of hybrid cars will be at the Fair. The R U Green
displays will explain about beneficial bugs and butterfly
gardens, conserving water and energy, recycling "dos and
don'ts," backyard composting, rain barrels and rain gardens,
and more. Two mini-workshops will offer tips about going
green; Learn How To Lead A More Sustainable Lifestyle at 11
am and 1 pm, and Learn How To Make Your Home More Energy
Efficient at noon and 2 pm. Other attractions will include
eco- friendly vendors selling their wares and environmental
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Children will enjoy a variety of activities with an
environmental twist, including "trash" sculpting,
papermaking, games and storytelling. The "Bash the Trash
Musical Playground" will allow youngsters to have fun with
"instruments" made from recycled materials. Kids will also be
invited to crawl
through the STARLAB traveling planetarium to see stars and
constellations during a 30-minute program that will be
presented at 10:30 and11:30 am, and 12:30 and 1:30 pm.
The Grand Falloons will present Professor Winklebottom's
Earth Science Circus on the children's stage at 11:30 am and
1:30 pm, and magician Bill Kerwood will present his
interactive comedy and magic show in the courtyard at noon
and 2 pm. Commotion in the Ocean with "Mother Nature" will be
presented at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm on the children's
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy canoeing the Rancocas Creek
($15 per canoe) and exploring the park's nature trails, while
history buffs can tour the Historic Smithville Mansion ($4
per person), the industrial village, and the Historic
Smithville Workers' House and Gallery to view the current
exhibit, "Six Generations of Burlington County Quilters."
Visitors will also be invited to stop by the Smithville
Mansion Annex Art Gallery to see paintings of the Pinelands
by local artists, as well as select pieces from the Teen Arts
Program, including sculptures made from aluminum cans.
Live entertainment on the park's main stage will include:
Mark Rust's Tunes for Spoons at 11 am; the Spook Handy Trio
at noon; the Paisley Pickles Band at 1 and 3 pm; and a fun,
interactive "Bash the Trash Festival Show" featuring rockin'
tunes performed by a quintet of
musicians playing "recycled" instruments at 2 pm. The
strolling Rice & Beans Jug Band will entertain the crowds
throughout the park with old-timey classics, pre-war jazz and
Historic Smithville Park is located on Smithville Road in
Eastampton, just three-quarters of a mile off Route 38. For
more information, call the Burlington County Division of
Parks at (609)
265-5858, or go to www.co.burlington.nj.us.
Crawl through a darkened tunnel to see stars and
constellations during this 30-minute program.
11:30 am & 1:30 pm - The Grand Falloons - Professor
Winklebottom's Earth Science Circus on the children's stage.
Live music, juggling, magic, classic vaudeville and slapstick
illustrate themes such as: "How well are we
taking care of our planet;" "Nothing is limitless;" and "What
do we do with all this garbage?" www.grandfalloons.com
Noon & 2 pm - The Magic of Recycling with Magician Bill
Kerwood in the courtyard. Interactive comedy and magic show
with audience participation teaching the magic of recycling.
12:30 pm & 2:30 pm - Commotion in the Ocean with "Mother
Nature" on the children's stage. Welcome Mother Nature to
Earth Fair with an interactive play for young children based
on simple riddles about sea creatures. www.After3theatre.org
11 am - Mark Rust Show on the main stage. Environmental
show featuring Tunes for Spoons. A fun and interactive show
for the whole family featuring songs about the Earth,
animals, and the environment. Learn to play recycled spoons.
Noon - Spook Handy Trio on the main stage. Children and
families love this fun, interactive and educational concert
that addresses some of the simple steps we can take to reduce
waste, save energy, and become better stewards of the
forests, air, water and open spaces we all share. www.spokhandy.com
1 pm and 3 pm - Paisley Pickles Band on the main stage.
Rock out to the musical fun of three dads who call themselves
the Paisley Pickles. Enjoy musical food for the whole family
- punk to jazz. www.thepaisleypickles.com
2 pm - Bash the Trash on the main stage. All about science,
the environment and the arts. Enjoy a rockin'
Throughout the day - Rice & Beans Jug Band strolling
through the park. This all-acoustic group of musicians
playing banjo, accordion, fiddle, washboard, kazoo, jug, and
washtub bass performs old-timey jug band classics, pre- war
jazz and blues. www.zydecoagogo.com
Workshops and Presentations
11 am and 1 pm - Learn How to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle
Noon and 2 pm - Energy Retrofits
Noon - Mike McGrath presents "Get Your Lawn off Drugs."
2 pm - Mike McGrath offers "Organic Answers to Your
Toughest Garden Questions"
11 am - Make Your Own Rain Barrel (Space is limited and
pre-registration is required