We totally enjoyed participating in Earth Day in downtown Luray this year! The celebration was held at Ruffner’s Plaza along the Luray Hawksbill Greenway and the weather couldn’t have been finer! Spring was in the air as families visited educational booths from Shenandoah National Park, the Shenandoah Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, Master Gardeners, Page County 4H and, of course, the White House Farm Foundation!
Musicians performed throughout the day and other groups rounded out the environmental education booths with information on invasive plant and insect species, fresh vegetable plants for sale, face painting and food provided by Main Street Bakery. Puppies, llamas and even a pair of guest ducks circulated through the crowds, visiting and enjoying the day. Climate Action of the Valley brought two electric cars and discussed the benefits of solar energy and Back Road Baggage promoted their services including recycling.
A highlight of the day was a moving production by 1000 Faces Theater with wonderful depictions of animals in peril, honoring of conservationists killed for protecting forests or fighting for Indigenous rights and information on current climate change statistics. The sobering information ended on an inspirational note with a dance circle in which the public joined hands with frogs, birds, butterflies and others in the troupe.
A big thank you to the organizers of this year’s event! It was a wonderful celebration of Earth Day in Page County!