“Come show the planet some love!” This is the invitation from Chester Village to join in the fun of its first Earth Day celebration on April 22, when family-fun activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free. (*There is no rain date for this event.)
What’s on tap:
ON MAIN STREET
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chalk Painting: Let your creativity fly through chalk painting on Main Street (the stretch between 16 Main and 1 N. Main), which will be closed to pedestrians. Creating an Earth Day mural in real-time will be Artist/Environmental Scientist Erin Cirino. The public is invited to join by drawing their tributes to Mother Nature. Chalk will be provided.
Concurrently, various exhibits and activities will be ongoing, including:
An exhibit from Chester Elementary about Easy Ways to be Sustainable.
Climate-friendly information from Sustainable Chester.
Learn about sustainable gardening from Deep Hollow Farm.
Reboot Eco is bringing their sustainability goodness to the mix, too.
Food offerings and live music.
Chester’s eateries, shops, and art galleries will be open.
*A flushable and ADA-compliant porta-potty will be located at 52 Main Street.
AT 20 WATER STREET
9 a.m. Chester Land Trust clean-up. Meets at the Water Street parking lot at 9 a.m. Ongoing until 1 p.m.
Hosted by Chester Land Trust, Chester Rotary Club, and Conservation Commission:
12 noon — 3 p.m. Pollinator Garden sign reveal & 100 Free Pollinator Plant giveaway (one per household until gone)
12 noon — 3 p.m. Learning displays, pollinator garden handouts, and kids’ activities
WEST MAIN STREET
At 29 W. Main Street, Take 2 E-cycling will collect electronic waste at a drive-thru drop-off at United Church of Chester.
At 21 W. Main Street, Chester Library is hosting a Story Walk leading down to the village.
At 9 W. Main Street, Chester Historical Society is hosting a special exhibit and special children’s activity.
Free public parking will be available at the following locations:
Chester Public Library – 21 W. Main Street
Laurel Hill Cemetery – 10 Sypher Road and Main Street
Maple Street Parking Lot – on Maple Street, halfway between Main Street and Hickory Hill Road
Water Street Lot – 20 Water Street
The Town of Chester is excited about the energy community has put into making its first Earth Day Celebration a success. “We need Earth Day to remind us that the planet is as fragile and tenuous as our young environmentalists are strong and resilient,” Christine Palm, Connecticut State Representative, says. “I’m honored to work with them.”
Bringing extra hugs to the planet are Chester businesses. “The Merchants in Chester understand the importance of caring for our planet,” says Mandy Carroll, general manager of the Chester Merchants. “Many businesses in town make concerted efforts to recycle, compost, use environmentally-friendly packaging, and source products locally when possible. With the understanding that this a daily pursuit, we’re thrilled Chester is celebrating this important day with fun and educational activities that bring together and educate the community.”
For additional information visit: www.visitchesterct.com