|Posted by ed.wilmot on March 20, 2014 at 6:40 PM|
IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!
It's that time of year when events are popping up every day and I try to get out to as many of them as possible while still acting as sustainable as possible.
Some days I just want to get out and enjoy the weather, relishing the approaching warmth, and all the while getting much needed exercise. Today has been the perfect day to get out here in the Upstate and do just that. Working from home, I turned the heat off and opened up the doors and windows in the house so that I could get some fresh air. Mid afternoon, it was short walk and then some more work before heading out the door for the evening. The drive into town was as nice as it could possibly be for the first day of Spring.
But what about all those great events coming up over the next three months? They are waiting for you and me to discover them. I spend sometimes an inordinate amount of time looking for events, festivals, classes, workshops, and anything else that embraces the spirit of sustainability. But I don't mind. The reward is knowing that you and your friends and family have the most comprehensive list of things to do any time of year.
Connecting you to these activities is one of my MISSIONS in life.
So, let me just mention a few of my favorite green and healthy events for this Spring.
First of all is The Banff Mountain Film Festival. The tour of films can be found all across our region. Tomorrow and Saturday night the tour will be in Greenville. But alas, I waited to long to get tickets and they were sold out. So I checked the showing in Brevard. Sold out. But there are still a few tickets left for April 29 in Boone. But I won't be able to make that date. This is the first year in many that I was unable to attend.
The 6th Annual Integrative Health Care Conference is at the end of the month up in Asheville, featuring Dean Ornish and many other well known natural health proffesionals as featured speakers. Attendees come from all over the country for this amazing event. Three days of incredible speakers and information.
The Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery is having their annual Spring Flea on March 29. The two fleas they do each year is a great place to spend your dollars locally and have fun doing it. It's going to be a day of local art, handmade treats and repurposed vintage goods.
TEDxGreenville is scheduled for April 11 and what a great time it's going to be. This year's theme is UNZIPPED. I will let you decide what that means or you can go to their website to find out. If you love to be inspired by great ideas then this is the event for you. Each and every day you can view literally thousands of videos from TED speakers from all over the world. This year's TEDxGreenville will be held at the Kroc Center in Greenville.
April 12 is one very busy day. Roper Mountain Science Center is having their annual Earth Day event. You could take a drive to Asheville for the 10th Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers' Festival . Or stay in Greenville and visit Natural Awakening's 5th Anniversary party with a Healthy Living Expo, featuring local health and wellness booths and two nationally recognized documentary films. The films' stars will be in attendance.
Greenville Tech holds their Earth Fest event April 16 and there will be a ton of local organizations and businesses focused on the environment. April 26 and 27 is the Annual Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in Woodruff. Do you love a good story? Then its a must for you.
And let's just mention two of the best May events. The Asheville Herb Festival is scheduled for May 4-6. You will find almost every conceivable herb at the festival. It's a great road trip for the day. You might even be able to sneak in a hike along the Parkway.
And finally let's mention Greenville's best little farm tour, Greenville Organic Foods Organization's annual Urban Farm Tour scheduled for May 17. You will discover a wide range of backyard gardens, community gardens, school gardens and urban farms all within 8 miles of downtown Greenville. There will also be workshops throughout the day along with local foods to purchase. If your entertainment leans towards education, then is an an absolute must.
But remember, the best way to find all of these events and many more is to visit the Sustainable Greenville community calendar. So get your pen out and mark your calendars for Spring fun and adventure.