Earth Day events slated in Washington
The Washington Environmental Council will celebrate Earth Day May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The annual roadside cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by the second annual farmers' festival at its new location at the River Walk Pavilion on School Street from noon to 2 p.m.
Trash bags for the roadside cleanup will be available at the Bryan Memorial Town Hall foyer starting April 30.
Trash collected on Earth Day will be deposited in the dumpster in front of town hall.
Cash prizes will be awarded for certain categories of trash, such as the most unique piece of trash collected.
Awards will be presented at 1 p.m.
The farmers' festival will include a meet and greet with about a dozen local farmers and wineries from Litchfield County, music by Kristin Richards and Friends, the sale of food, a display of artwork that is part of the Earth Day local student art competition at the pavilion, and the sale of the book "March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Farm."
In addition, the Hickory Stick BookShop will offer a book signing with Miriam Rubin, author of "Tomatoes: A Savor the South Cookbook."
Concession food proceeds will benefit the council's environmental programs for local schools.
The theme of the art competition is incorporating recyclable items into paintings and sculpture.
Artwork must be brought to the pavilion May 4 by 9 a.m., with awards consisting of cash prizes being presented at 1 p.m. to the top three artists in each category.
In addition, the town of Washington has launched single stream recycling.
Details on the program and samples of the new 48 and 96 gallon bins will be available for inspection at the farmers' festival.
Residents will be able to sign up for the new bins at the town's table.