Souhegan Sustainability Fair features presentations, music

WILTON – The Souhegan Sustainability Fair will be held Saturday, April 22, at Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School and High Mowing School.

Bring everyone to learn, celebrate and act on issues and topics around socially and environmentally responsible living. There will be 17 presentations and more than 25 exhibits and workshops.

The event will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative, and festivities will continue at High Mowing with a hike around Frye Field at 5 p.m. But hang around, because the New Hampshire Astronomy Association will set up its telescopes so you can catch the night sky until 10 p.m.

Featured speakers are:

– Dan Weeks, of the Nashua Energy & Environment Committee, will talk about the latest trends in local climate science and share seven practical steps you can take to dispel climate sophistry and be part of the clean energy solution at 10:30 a.m.

– Cathy Joly and Peter Martel, of Wapack Sustainability, will engage the audience in ways to “Work and Live More Lightly” at 11:15 a.m.

– Scott Lawrence, with HAREI, will help attendees figure out “Do-It-Yourself Solar” at noon.

– Pat Martin, of ECHO Action, will present the facts, the debates and a look at what’s on your electric bill at “Does N.H. Have an Energy Crisis?” at 3 p.m.

Here is the music schedule:

– Amy Conley & the Kukuleles at 10 a.m.

– Bob Baker at 11 a.m.

– Song of the Lark at noon

– Milford Contra Dance Band at 1 p.m.

– JoeLinda at 2 p.m.

– Decatur Creek at 3 p.m.

– Papa Joe all day.

Also, George May, executive director of the Souhegan River Watershed Association, will present “Get to Know the Souhegan,” facts and myths about this natural resource. You’ll be able to tune up your bike; build bat boxes; learn beekeeping; construct a composting worm box, thanks to Pat Fickett, director of the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library; see do-it-yourself solar demonstrations; hear presentations on conserving your land, permaculture and wildlife; and more.

State Rep. Kermit Williams will give an update on key environmental bills before the state Legislature.

Students from local schools have been invited to present their ideas for “Protecting the Planet” in 10 minutes. Attendees will cast their votes rating the ideas, and the three winners will have a chance to take their projects to the state Legislature for action.

For more information, email Jennifer Beck at jenniferscottbeck@gmail.com.

– Submitted by Wilton Economic Development Team

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