Saving the Planet Salem Style

May 16, 2014

 
by Sonny Tylus

Saturday, May 10, marked the date of the third annual Greater Salem Earth Festival and Expo.  This event was created three years ago by Salem resident Regina Andler, whose business it is to help people save the planet.  Regina found that while there are a lot of individual events happening around town for Earth Day each year, there was no one big town celebration.

The first Greater Salem Earth Expo was held on Earth Day 2012 at the Salem High School.  The following year the event was held at the high school again and received an even bigger turnout than the previous year.

This year, Regina teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem to create an even bigger event with more fun and activities for the kids.  Now known as the Greater Salem Earth Festival and Expo, the event this year included 38 vendors from New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well as a mini Salem Farmers Market, a BBQ put on by the club and fun for the kids including a bounce house, obstacle course, face painting and more.

This year’s theme was energy.  The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Green Committee sponsored a poster contest for the sixth graders in town and received 69 posters.  The top five winners received prizes including a Balducci’s gift certificate, T-Bones gift certificates, as well as tickets to a Fisher Cats game and to Canobie Lake Park.  All participants received a free ice cream cone from Hawksies.

“Next year promises to be even better as we continue to work together with the Boys & Girls Club,” said Andler.  “We have a great committee including Pat Good from The Field of Dreams, Chris Dillon from the Salem Town Recreation Department, Chris Woodby of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem and Jane Lang with the Salem NH Farmers Market.”  Next year’s theme is recycling.  The date for the 2015 event will be posted in January.  Information on the event can be found at www.gsnhed.org.