25 years in SLO County — the End of an Era
This week it became official, Sandra Marshall, the Coordinator of the annual free Earth Day Fair produced by the Earth Day Alliance, Inc. for over 20 years, will be stepping down from the event team. “This could be the last free Earth Day Fair & Music Festival as we know it”, Marshall said. “Please join me as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the first Earth Day which took place at Cuesta College in 1990.”
For twenty-five years, the Earth Day Alliance, Inc, has successfully completed is purpose, to provide an annual free Earth Day to educate, activate and motivate the community on care and protection of our environment. As an all volunteer organization it has become more difficult over the years. “To coordinate an event like Earth Day it requires a reliable core group. Volunteers have jobs, family and other things that take priority in their lives. Paid staff means fundraising which takes more time and staffing. “We’ve sacrificed a lot, but it’s all been worth it:, Marshall said. This year, Information Press employee Monica Crow has switch jobs to take on the majority of tasks with Marshall.
Down to the wire coordinators say that Earth Day connects businesses, non-profit and students will share their environmental messages, causes, and solutions. This years attractions include a Kid’s Zone, bodywork & yoga, environmental action groups, plants, star gazing, and gems, Cal Poly Student projects, and more. Food and beverages, including beer and wine will be available.
And it just keeps getting better. After the official opening by Chumash Elder, Pilulaw Khus the current hottest bands on the central coast will be featured on the Earth Day stage. It kicks off with Maheyla & The Ritual at 11 am, followed by a drumming performance by Tim Costa and students, Resination at noon, Guy Budd and the Gypsy Souls at 2pm, then Samba Loca and reaching the peak of the day with Captain Nasty at 4 pm.
A complete Earth Day experience will include a free ride on the Double Decker bus ti o the park and back from the SLO Downtown Transit Center every hour on the hour starting at 10am. The last bus returns following the end of the event at 5:30 pm.
Driving? Carpool to Cuesta College and ride the shuttle provided by RTA into the park.
Now, really, where will you find an event with education, fun and music for free? The host of 2015 Earth Day Fair & Music Festival are the Earth Day Alliance, Inc. and San Luis Obispo County Parks. Major sponsors include BHE Renewables, SLO City Transit, RTA, Rideshare, APCD, New Times, Information Press, City of Paso Robles, and Pacific Energy Company. Other sponsors include Crystal Springs, The Shirt Peddler and Tappit.
Due to the retirement of Sandra Marshall and Molly Johnson, the Earth Day Alliance will need two coordinators for Earth Day 2016. Sign up to take it on or step up to volunteer this year by calling 805) 544-8529. or email: email@example.com.