I felt like I saw it all at the Richmond Earth Day Festival at Manchester Saturday — a perfect day where everyone had a great time and spent some time with positive and happy people. See 60 photos on the James River News Hub Facebook page From the set up in the cooler, overcast morning […]
I felt like I saw it all at the Richmond Earth Day Festival at Manchester Saturday — a perfect day where everyone had a great time and spent some time with positive and happy people.
From the set up in the cooler, overcast morning hours to the JROC Gear Swap (bought three used PFDs!), the morning was a great time of running into river friends and connecting with new ones. They sold plenty of gently used outdoor gear and several people will probably spend Sunday on the river trying out their new toys.
Then the sun came out, the crowds began to roll in, the wonderful smells of food cooking, beer pouring and the fantastic music. The two food vendors I sought were Goatocado (new, fantastic tasting sandwiches, unforgettable name) and Alamo BBQ (which I had been dying to try, that’s good eating, straight out of Church Hill).
All the bands were great (in order): The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra (aggressive plant music, excellent costumes, fantastic weird sounds); Rattlemouth; Exebelle & the Rusted Cavalcade; Amazing Ghost (personal favorite: bizarre sound combinations, hilarious song choices and groovin’ rock); Black Girls (rocked, crowd pleasers); Horsehead (harder, great rock to close the day).
Pedal Power helped many parents burn a little extra kid energy while juicing their mobile phones. Win-win!
There were plenty of arts and crafts, urban (and not so urban) farming and great green education. The True Timber guys helped kids rope-climb the Floodwall, the James River Park crew helped children to release fish into the Manchester Canal and the hula hoop girls were out in full force again.
The festival ended with breaking down all the good work done earlierin the day. From the top, with Noel McKenzie, director of the Enrichmond Foundation (the benefactor of the day’s proceeds, she orchestrated so much of this great event) to HandsOn Greater Richmond (who brought in and coordinated all the fantastic volunteers) to all the vendors, police, City of Richmond folks, Plant Zero artists and even the Manchester District residents — it was a fun day and a great way to celebrate Richmond and responsible living.