For Immediate Release
April 11, 2006
Contact: Lauret Savoy
SOUTH HADLEY, MA - Mount Holyoke College 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 the afternoon of Arbor Day, Friday, April 28, 2006, from 3:00 until 7:00 pm on Skinner Green at the college. The event is free and open to the public.
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, Mount Holyoke Botanic Garden, and more.
Music will be performed by local artists, including: Five College West African Drumming Ensemble, Jessica Ream, and more.
We look forward to celebrating common goals of environmental respect, social equality, and economic justice with a diverse group of community members.