The great outdoors

This weekend is due to be lovely, and just in time for us to celebrate the great outdoors. After all, tomorrow is Earth Day, and the local Cherry Blossom Festival is on Sunday, both better reasons than most to be out, about, and comparatively environmentally conscious.

Earth Day may have had its earliest roots in the counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but it didn’t stay there for long. The first Earth Day was proposed by a US Senator from Wisconsin, in a bipartisan attempt to rally public sentiment in support of the environment. Since then, it has spread to more than 190 countries. In our area, lots of organizations and organizations are celebrating. Check out Rock to Rock’s Earth Day bike ride, the summit at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, or even CT Folk’s Earth Day event. Or just take the day to garden or visit any of our local parks– just be prepared for crowds.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a totally local thing. It’s sponsored by the Historic Wooster Square Association, and they seem to outdo themselves yearly in terms of cool things they’re bringing to park. This year, there will be local music– including performances by the Neighborhood Music School Premier Jazz Ensemble and Carlos Santiago Y Su Momento Musical– as well as food, activities from the Peabody Museum, and displays by local artists and authors. There will also, I’m told, be face paint, which is surely a selling point for our kids.

Perhaps we’ll see you there.

Until next time,