Renfrew event celebrates Mother Earth

April 21, 2007|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Today might be Earth Day, but for Madison Kreitz of Waynesboro, one day of celebrating Mother Earth is not enough.

"I think Earth Day is cool, but it should be, like, every day," said Madison, 8.

Standing with her Brownie Troop on Saturday at the 18th annual Renfrew Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art in Waynesboro, Madison's task was to convince visitors to sign a pledge to end global warming.

Just one of the many vendors set up on the old farmstead of the Renfrew Institute, the celebration of Earth Day 2007 came early for Waynesboro.

Melodie Anderson-Smith, director of the Renfrew Institute, said the event was moved to Saturday in an effort to combine Earth Celebration Day with the Recycle/Reuse Earth Day Yard Sale.


Despite the change, Anderson-Smith said more people came to the celebration than in the past.

"We usually have about 200 to 300 people, but I would say we have had about 500 or 600 today," she said.

Anderson-Smith said the institute did more than change the date for the 2007 celebration - it scheduled more vendors, additional entertainment and extended hours.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the lawn of the Fahnestock House was filled with people learning about how to preserve, protect and honor the earth.

Among the new vendors, Washington, D.C.-based opened its grass-roots campaign at the Renfrew Earth Celebration Day.

Committed to providing individuals a way to reduce their impact on the climate and lower carbon emissions, the fund offset the 9,040 tons of carbon emitted by the event.

Rudolf Lemperg came from Martinsburg, W.Va., to take part in the celebration.

The author of "My Farm At Goose Pond," Lemperg shared his photos and love of animals with visitors to the celebration.

"My deepest love is animals," Lemperg said. "They are our friends and neighbors. We should respect them."

With so much more to offer than in the past, Renfrew Institute board member Susan Shull Murphy of Waynesboro said the event was the best yet.

"It is neat to see how this event has grown over the last few years, and how people are coming to realize we all have an environmental obligation," she said.

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