Earth Day, Spring Vacation, April Showers… Bring it all on…
It’s so easy to be on autopilot in our daily lives, just doing our best to get through, feeling a bit overwhelmed for all our intention to do our best to simplify, the latest swing of the trend pendulum to counteract a decade or more of overcommitment. Though we often feel overly busy and over-scheduled, so much so that the last thing we want to do is add another event to our calendar, sometimes it’s a healthy change to make the time to get out and do something that is outside of the daily grind. The lovely spring which has finally arrived and the celebrations around Earth Day certainly provide a number of chances to do just that…
The neat thing about giving ourselves permission to truly enjoy a day off and go on a day trip is that it can be really inspiring. It’s kind of like a wake up call for the brain. Getting out and seeing what’s going on locally, connecting with the energy, meeting new people, even if just to share a friendly hello and learn a bit of what they are up to…
Okay, enough analyzing, time to “just do it” (with a nod to Nike for recycling used sneakers to make rubber sports flooring). So, following are a few suggestions of events in Ipswich, Greater Newburyport and Hamilton-Wenham for those who want to get outside, connect with nature and the community and spend a great day celebrating the beauty all around us that we often take for granted, in spite of our best intentions. I’m sure it’s just the tipp of the proverbial (and hopefully not melting too fast) iceberg, so feel free to add more Earth Day events as a comment to the post.
Ipswich Clean-Up Day is an annual event. This year, there will be a two-day effort to make Ipswich extra-spiffy, in honor of its 375th anniversary celebration. To learn more about the year-long list of Ipswich 375 events, go to the website by clicking here. (Of particular note, there’s an Ipswich Goes Green Day on Sunday, July 12th – I’m on the organizing committee so expect more details to follow!)
Here are details of the Ipswich Clean-Up Weekend:
“Ipswich – In preparation for the town’s 375th anniversary celebration, the Ipswich Shade Tree and Beautification Committee is sponsoring a town-wide clean-up weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. The committee is asking residents to clean up the areas in front of their homes and for businesses to clean up around their buildings (front, rear and parking areas).
“It has been a long winter and now that the snow has melted it has left an abundance of sand and trash all over town,” the committee stated in a press release. “Let’s all come together for this community effort. If each resident gives a little time, AND with everyone’s participation, the town will be clean and free of trash. The town will be ready to celebrate in style.”
In conjunction with the town-wide cleanup, the Friends of the Wharf Committee will hold its annual spring cleanup of the Town Wharf Saturday April 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. All area residents are welcome to come with gloves, rakes and weeders to clean up the wharf area. Plastic trash bags will be provided. Coordinators for the wharf cleanup are Dan Morrow.
For information on the Town Wharf cleanup, e-mail Dan Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Carol Williams at 978-356-7354.
For information about the town-wide cleanup, contact a member of the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee: Jim Foley, Charles Surpitsky, Armand Michaud, Janet Taisey Craft, Maria Hebbel, Denise King, Martha Varrell, Dan Morrow, Jen Tougas and Nancy Thompson. “
Hamilton-Wenham Green is a strong and active group that meets monthly at the Hamilton-Wenham library. Expect more great things from this group. For Earth Day, they are encouraging participation in a clean-up event on Saturday morning, April 25th:
Community Earth Day Trash Pick-up Saturday, April 25th, 10AM-Noon
Patton Park Basketball Court, Hamilton
Join a group of Wenham Cub Scouts and parent volunteers to help clean up our communities. All are welcome and more hands make light work. Please bring gloves and any creative trash picking up devices you can think of! Children will receieve a Treasure Hunt Map to help in the trash quest!
The Greater Newburyport Ec0-Collaborative is promoting more events than you can shake an eco-friendly stick at! In fact, Newburyport is taking a whole week to honor and celebrate Earth Day. There certainly must be something for everyone as they hightlight over 50 events taking place throughout the entire week, culminating with their First Annual Earth Expo at Maudsley State Park on Sunday, April 26th, an event in which I’m participating – with a table and some repurposed inspiration, spreading the word about Time Well Spent.
Click here to go to the calendar page listing ALL the events. Check it out, quick, before you miss something ~ There are events scheduled for nearly every day of the week.
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Of course, DeCluttering For Good is always an Earth-friendly way to spend the day, people-friendly, too. This month, Time Well Spent’s focus is on collecting board games, video games and puzzles for those less fortunate. Click here to read all about it!