It was a momentous day as the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) put on its 14th annual Earth Day Festival May 3, because if all goes according to plan, it will be the last Earth Day festival that PEEC will celebrate at its current Orange Street location.
By Earth Day next year, PEEC hopes to be settled into its new home at the Los Alamos County Nature Center on Canyon Road, slated to open next spring.
Once again, this year PEEC welcomed the Santa Fe-based Clan Tynker, a popular Vaudeville circus group that encourages audience participation and always delights with its antics. Clan Tynker performed two shows. In between Clan Tynker’s performances, the Hill Stompers got the audience up on their feet and enjoying their always lively music and dance.
There were information and activity booths from more than 25 organizations. We wish to thank every exhibitor for being a supporter of the Earth Day Festival. We are also grateful for the food vendors—Dosa Dosa and Taste of New York. The long lines at their stands were evidence of their good food. In addition, the Los Alamos Co+Op Market sold ice cream, which was appreciated by all on what turned out to be a rather warm day.
Planning begins immediately after the previous year’s celebration but heats up in January. This year the committee members were Nancy Arendt, Christine Chavez, Beth Cortright, Terry Foxx, Chick Keller, Laura Loy, Ken Nebel, Felicia Orth, Jessica Privette, Becky Shankland, Selvi Viswanathan, Bob Walker, Katie Watson, Sue Watts, Sandra West and Dave Yeamans. PEEC Board members and many other volunteers helped to set up and clean up. Without their help, the event would not have been possible. Los Alamos County provided tables and chairs for the event, and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce supported Earth Day by promoting it through their Pick6 program.
Thanks go to Emma Starrett who designed our wonderful logo and the map of the booths. We also wish to thank the Los Alamos Monitor staff who helped us design and print the Earth Day Tabloid, the Los Alamos Daily Post staff who helped us to offer our tabloid digitally for the first time and Atomic City Transit for posting advertisements in their vehicles and providing transportation to and from the festival. We would also like to thank Becky Shankland and Jennifer Macke for their help editing and checking the tabloid.
A significant reason for Earth Day’s success was the support we received from our generous sponsors: Atomic City Transit, Los Alamos County, Los Alamos Mainstreet, Los Alamos National Bank, PAC-8 and Select Solar. We also wish to thank our many supporters, advertisers and contributors.
Most of all, we would like to thank those who attended PEEC’s 2014 Earth Day Festival. If you are interested in more programs put on by PEEC, check out our website at www.PajaritoEEC.org for a calendar of our upcoming programs.