Being Green is Easier Than You Think

April 22, 2013

Weekend 1931On Saturday morning, April 20, 2013 vendors, schools and citizens came to be a part of Calvert County Green Expo 2013. Although the day started out breezy and cool, the sun came out and by noon, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center was a beehive of activity. This year’s theme was Focusing Green-Major Area:
• Greening Your Home
• Greening Your Garden
• Green Building And Sustainable Development
• Energy, Conservation & Recycling
• Food & Agriculture
• Sustainability Education
• Transportation
• Community Action & Involvement
• Green Lifestyles
• Kids Zone

Weekend 1941Attendees got to see products and purchase them, see demonstrations and talk to vendors about their products. There was plenty of literature on every subject one could think of and free bags to tote them home. A booklet, From My Backyard to Our Bay, had articles on environmental issues in the community, environmental issues in your backyard and country living along with tips on fixing the issues. There is even information on whom to call for help with issues. The booklet was free!

Many schools got involved again and this year their displays were outside as opposed to being inside last year. One young man, Cory, had his own booth, Cory’s Green Gifts, displaying all the items he had made from recycled materials.

Inside the John Dennis Murray Arts Building, displays of all natural beauty products, candles, books on how to be green, local farming and their products, gutters and roof tiles, and a hut made out of plastic water bottles and jugs were on display and vendors were talking to citizens about their products.

Weekend 1933Back outside, goats were drawing youngsters to the fenced in pen. Signs said they were the green answer to the lawn mower and a lot quieter. Looking at the grass inside the pen, they were doing a good job of “mowing” it down. Caretta Nature Tours was promoting a trip to far off enchanted land of Belize to help researchers with a nesting project while enjoying the Caribbean Nation.

Calvert Cliffs State Park volunteers were handing out forms and talking to those who might want to volunteer. The volunteers were full of information about the park, the trails and what you could and could not do when visiting the area.

Weekend 1938And when all the walking and talking made you hungry, there were a number of vendors selling local chow and there was even a beer table where you could purchase either a Russian Imperial Stout or a Rudd Light from a local microbrewery.

There were raffles by some of the vendors and prizes donated by local companies. Raffle tickets were free. There was even a raffle for vendors. And two hybrid cars from Bayside Toyota were on display, a Prius and a Camry and were attracting a lot of attention. Even SMECO was there advising homeowners to get a SMECO Quick Home Energy Check-up as it is free and will help you cut your electric usage.

The 5th Annual Green Expo seems to have been a great place to learn everything you wanted to know about how to be green and save the environment. The Green Team Members who made it happen are Dawn Balinski, Ron McClain, Lora Harris, Peg O’Brien, Carolyn Carpenter Porritt, Michelle Rockhill, Linda Fadely, Jeff Shaw, George Leah, Shuchita Warner, Dean Bivens, Keith Ulrich, Tricia Willis, Judi Kane, Rebecca Lesko, Dennis DiBello, Misty Behnke, Bob Boxwell, Mark Volland, Greg Bowen, Mark Willis, Mike Smolek, Megan Williams, Lauren Webster, Jean McDougall, David Hartful, Lynn Hill and Brendan Sweeney.

Margit Miller / Staff Writer / Editor

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