First Annual Roots of Community Festival

Posted: April 10, 2006

Mount Holyoke's environmental studies graduating seniors, in collaboration with the Center for the Environment, will host the first annual Roots of Community Festival: Environment, Equality, and Economy on Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, from 3 to 7 pm on Skinner Green.

The festival will bring the Five College community together with local businesses and organizations working towards sustainability. The gathering will be a relaxed, enjoyable way to recognize the value of community and the significance of interaction and to strengthen the roots of sustainability within the Pioneer Valley.

Everyone is invited to join for an afternoon of community exhibits, music and entertainment, local sustainable businesses and community organizations, outdoor games, a "Green Parade" put on by the Environmental Action Coalition, and a May Pageant.

Participating local businesses and organizations include Nuestras Raices, Living Roots, Sirius Community, Red Fire Farm, ARISE for Social Justice, Pedal People, Tribal Scribal, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Gardens of Delight, Environmental Action Coalition, CAUSE, and the Mount Holyoke Botanic Garden.

Music will be performed by local artists including the Five College West African Drumming Ensemble and Jessica Ream.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Roots of Community Festival, email

Related Links:

Center for the Environment

Environmental Action Coalition


Mount Holyoke Botanic Garden