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Earth Day Filled with Fun, Thought

Students create impressive day of activities
Sunday, April 22, 2012 - COA Campus

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Earth Day children's activitiesUpdates: neither Mandala Farm, nor the Big Moose Contra Band can come to COA's Earth Day.

College of the Atlantic's Earth Day celebrates the planet and all its creatures through a wide range of fun and thought for individuals and the family. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. there will be music, children's activities, bird walks, yoga classes, massages, bike repairs, energy discussions, ultimate Frisbee, cricket, soccer, petting zoo, contra dance, Shakespeare performances, food, crafts, and more.

At 1 p.m. hear a special talk by David Schwartz of the Real Food Challenge on food that is healthy for body, land and the people who produce and harvest it. His talk comes in conjunction with the conclusion of COA's sustainable foods conference, Food Connections: Reconnecting Hands, Mouth & Mind through Food Systems Education.

The celebration begins Saturday evening with a free concert by 35th Parallel in Gates Community Center.

Earth Day SheepOn Sunday, the day begins with bird walks, children's activities, and yoga classes. By 11 a.m., food vendors will be on campus offering a range of food and drink, including Mainely Meats, Coffee Roosters, MDI Ice Cream, and COA student-made smoothies, baked goods and baked vegetarian goods. Possibly more!

Among the musical offerings are a reggae band, drum circle, acoustical guitar, and from 2 to 4 p.m., the Big Moose Contra Dance Band, which will play for a contra dance. There will also be opportunities for members of the community to share music, so bring your own instruments if so inclined.

Earth Day Story timeWhile you're bringing things, bring unwanted goods and clothing for COA's Donation Market. This is a trade: bring items you don't need; take what you can use. Plan ahead, also, to contribute to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry Food Drive, and to COA's donation market. And come by bike! Students are offering both a bike workshop, to learn basic repairs, as well as a repair station.

Children's activities include nature walks, field games, mask making with recycled goods, nature searches, hula-hoop making, theater games, story times, face painting, and more.

OspreyThere will also be hour-long rides in COA's new vessel Osprey, to view the ecology of the marine region, beginning at 1 p.m. It is always much colder aboard, so plan ahead.

Additionally, community and COA organizations will have tables, and are prepared to talk about Sustainable Energy, the new Harborside Shakespeare Company, Occupy MDI, COA's Summer Field Studies, and Allied Whale. The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History will be open. And there will be a craft fair, plant sale, tag sale. Whew. That's just the beginning.

There is no charge to join community members in COA's Earth Day, a massive, joyous celebration of living well with the planet. View the exact schedule on the COA website at For more information, contact the college at 288-5015 or organizer Annelise Hildebrandt at


EARTH DAY 2012 Schedule

Music begins - (10:15am-4pm)
Children's activities begin - (10am-4pm)
Bird walk - Meet at Dorr Museum (10-10:30am)
Real Food Challenge Student Training - (10am-12pm)

Yoga classes
- (10:30am-12pm, possibly until 1pm)
Bird walk - Dorr Museum (10:30-11am)

Food vendors begin    
Drum circle
Bike workshop
Children's Activities
Bird walk - Dorr Museum (11-11:30am)

Children's Activities - Front Lawn
Catcha Vibe (reggae band) - Arch balcony
Ultimate Frisbee Game - Front Lawn

David Schwartz, speaker - Real Food Challenge
Osprey boat ride - COA Pier (1-2pm)
Children's Activities

Contradance with Big Moose Band -
Osprey boat ride - COA Pier (2-3pm)
Children's Activities
Cricket Game

Osprey boat ride - COA Pier (3-4pm)
Children's Activities
Soccer Game  

Ongoing Activities:
Allied Whale
Bar Harbor Food Pantry Food Drive
Beech Hill Farm
Camp Beech Hill
Children's Activities
COA Craft Fair
COA Donation Market
Coffee Roosters
Dorr Museum of Natural History
Farmer Brown
Friends of Acadia
Hancock County SPCA
Harborside Shakespeare Company
Mainely Meats
Mandala Farms
MDI Ice Cream
Occupy MDI - Red bricksPlant Sale 
Senior Tag and Bake Sales
Smith Family Farms
Smoothie Sales
Summer Field Studies
Sustainability Fair
Vegetarian Bake Sale

Musicians: (tentative)
Bring your instruments/voices with you if you'd like to perform on the spot.
        (to confirm a time slot, contact Brittany:
Catcha Vibe
Colin Nevins
Jeana DeLaire
Marina Garland
The Jabberjays
World Percussion Drum Circle


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