Earth Day celebration features speaker, music and activities

LANCASTER — The celebration "Earth Day 2017 - Think Globally, Act Locally," to be held on Saturday will feature a full slate of speakers on environmental issues and entertainment.

According to organizers, this event is a family-friendly educational celebration which will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, on Main Street in Lancaster. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at St. Paul’s Episcopal, Main Street, Lancaster.

"Earth Day 2017 - Think Globally, Act Locally," is being organized by For the People, By the People — Indivisible North Country NH, a grassroots group of local citizens focused on protecting the environment, peace, and human rights. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Featured speakers include state Sen. Jeff Woodburn, former White Mountain Regional High School teacher and NASA scientist Art Hammon; Rebecca Brown, executive director of the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust; and David Van Wie, instructor of environmental issues at the University of New England and formerly with the EPA. Between speakers, a variety of musical talent will perform like Mark Roberts on guitar and vocals, Islay Mist Ceilidh with Celtic style music, the Whitefield Elementary School Chorus, and Tom Meredith and Paul Cormier on fiddles.

Children will be able to participate in hands-on science activities, recycled art projects, and face painting. A number of environmental organizations and local conservation groups will be present with information to share.

During an Earth Day celebration held in 1990 at Weeks State Park on Mount Prospect, a large Earth Day flag was signed by school children and flown. The flag will once again be unfurled as part of the opening ceremony; anyone who recalls signing the flag 27 years ago is invited to step forward and take part in honoring this unique bit of local history.