Annmarie -Sculpture Garden and Arts Center hosted the Green Life Festival and Market on June 5th 2021. The event offered many varied natural Southern Maryland vender displays. Information on many different conservation endeavors, from land trusts to forestry conservation were available. The festival offered many hands-on children’s activities such as Art Labs and touch and planting opportunities.
Annmarie Garden’s community garden was the first available activity, as one entered the Green Life Festival. The University of Maryland Extension offered children the opportunity to explore the garden and help with new planting projects. The University of Maryland Extension also offered Expert Gardiner booths within the Festival. As one entered the Festival there were Door prizes from the venders and one could fill out a ticket and tickets would be drawn for a door prize. Annmarie Garden also offered grab and go art projects for children at the artLab. Hester Burch, who is the Naturalist Program Coordinator at Annmarie Garden offered a plethora of child friendly learning materials about the natural world.
Brian Stupak, Project Manager with The Maryland DNR Forest Service in conjunction with the Calvert County Forestry Board, was at the festival and offered saplings to the public. Two different varieties of sapling were available in River Birch and Red Bud. Helpful coloring and activity books were available for children to promote forest safety and awareness. Maryland Department of Natural resources also offered fact sheets about invasive species like Kudzu, English Ivy, Japanese Stilt Grass, Mile-a-Minute vine, Multiflora Rose, Golden Bamboo and Oriental Bittersweet. Information was also available on invasive insects like the Gypsy Moth.
Many different activities and booths were available for the participants enjoyment. Joseph Norris (firstname.lastname@example.org), singer, songwriter and story teller, from Mechanicsville played the guitar, sang and entertained the visitors at the festival. Calvert Women’s Democratic Club provided flower seed planting projects for guests of the festival. Katie Corte business, While Waiting (www.whilewaitingshop.com ) supports Haitian women creating beads from recycled paper and cardboard. Chesapeake’s Bounty ( www.chesapeakesbounty.com ) offered natural products and local produce for sale. Grandpap’s Country Harvest offered local Southern Maryland preserves, apple butter and honey for sale.
Calvert Health offered many booths on services they offer in Calvert County. Katie Wandishin is the Behavioral Health Coordinator for Crisis and Recovery Support Services Coordinator at the Calvert County Heath Department. Ms. Wandishin had many booths that could offer Support and keep people living their best life.
Many Land Trusts were at the festival. What is a Land Trust one might ask? A Land Trust is a Non-profit organization that works with land owners to preserve land in perpetuity using conservation easements. A Land Trust does this by limiting development to conserve open space and scenic and rural land. Several Trusts were in attendance, such as The Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust (https://www.covepoint-trust.org ), Patuxent-Tidal-water Land Trust (https://ptit.org) and the ACLT Conservancy (www.acltweb.org )
The Green Life Festival and Market was sponsored by Calvert Health, EXELON, Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust, Cove Point LNG, SMECO, O’Brian Realty, Calvert Democratic Women’s Club, Chesapeake Bounty, and Community Bank of the Chesapeake.
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Jen Wallace Magee / Calvert Beacon Intern