Spring Equinox 2012

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The Spring Equinox Festival on March 18th, 2012, was one of our biggest events yet, with about 50 attendees. It started at 9:30 AM with four activity stations scattered around the Seed Village, then continued with a concert by Lori Henriques, and concluding with brunch provided mainly by Shelley and Brandon (with a few dishes brought in by guests).

See also: Story Tell and Sushi Feast in Ottawa Ontario

Activity stations

Mural painting

The mural was originally intended to illustrate a nutrient cycle, but ended up more free-form (as with prior mural painting activities at Earth Day 2010 and Earth Day 2011). A small, simplified diagram of the nitrogen cycle was included on the upper-right corner.

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Planting and watering

Kids were invited to plant marigold seeds in cups of dirt, water them, and take them home.

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Earth seasons demonstration

Ben used a globe and a "sun" lamp to demonstrate how the seasons change based on how much sunlight hits various parts of the Earth during the course of a year.

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Making ribbon streamers

This was an arts-and-crafts activity that also served as preparation for the Gathering Dance (see below).

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Music

Gathering dance

To attract everyone from the activity stations to the living room for the concert, Lori played a Jewish dance tune, and we got people to form a circle and dance to it while waving the ribbon streamers.

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Concert

Lori played several of her nature-focused songs, such as "I Like the Ficus Tree" and "Thank You Bees," as well as a song from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and one from the recent movie The Muppets. She finished up with the song "Something You Learn" (for which Ben is working on a music video).

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Brunch

The lovely food included baked French toast, John Wayne potatoes, homemade bran muffins, plenty of fruit, and pancakes that were made at the last minute.

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