May 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM
MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Bring the family out to Maplewood Park on Saturday to learn how to live, play and work green. The fair, what Maplewood Deputy Mayor Kathy Leventhal called, "the largest Green Fair in New Jersey," started seven years ago by former Maplewood Mayor Fred Profeta and long time Maplewood resident Teresa Harris, who wanted to showcase planet-friendly ways that everyone can make a difference.
"The goal of Maplewood Green Day is to promote green living in Maplewood and surrounding communities," said Event Chair Tracey Woods. "It's a great way for local non-profits to promote their causes and sign up volunteers." Local green businesses are going to be among more than 70 vendors and exhibitors.
Has Maplewood become more environmentally aware since the event started?
"Definitely!" exclaimed Deputy Mayor Leventhal. "Environmental actions are household actions here in Maplewood. Even before the first Green Day in 2007, recycling/reuse, solar power, hybrid cars, drip irrigation, the jitney, environmentally-friendly lawn care, adopting a park space to clean and LED lighting have become everyday aspects of life here. "
Maplewood has been recognized for its efforts to be green. The town received the prestigious Silver Certification award this past October from Sustainable Jersey highlighting its environmental leadership.
Saturday's events and activities include:
· The ultimate green shopping experience
· Live Animals of the Rain Forest presentations by Rizzo’s Reptiles
· Kids learning activities with the hands-on science show by Vinny Voltage
· Delicious organic and local food from over 10 restaurants and farms
· Live bands all day: David Easton Band, Flamenco-Jazz, Hush, Western Spur, Kelly Jin-Hendel
· Demonstrations including backyard composting, local food cooking, cloth diapering
· Launch of the re:Yard, a local pilot-program to help community members have a more sustainable yard
· Adopt-a-park site program, a volunteer litter collection project in Maplewood parks
· Free monitored bike parking
· Planet-friendly fun activities include a giant 25-foot tall rock climbing wall, face painting, kid’s environmental games, and much more.