By ANDREA BELLEW
If anyone around the campus heard music blasting the evening of April 22, it most likely came from Gidding’s Lawn, where the Georgetown Sustainability Initiative’s (GSI) third annual Earth Day event was held. Restore: The Earth Day Concert had many things for attendees to participate in and enjoy. There was free admission for the event and anyone was permitted to attend. Students, faculty and community members alike could be found lounging about on the lawn as they socialized, listened to music and talked to the different organizations and businesses that set up booths.
The concert featured two Lexington based bands: Old World Heritage and Warren Byrom & Fabled Canelands. Some Georgetown College students also gathered into a band for the opening act: Christopher Lopez, Caitlin Knox, Jordan Moody and Flint McCallum. They performed popular songs like “Radioactive,” “Counting Stars,” “Royals,” “Ho Hey” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.”
GSI invited campus and off-campus organizations and businesses that are committed to sustainability, fair trade and social justice to set up booths around the lawn. Some of the campus booths set up included Social Plug, GC Fairness, American Chemistry Society, Biology Club and STEMM Fellows. Josh Eckman, General Manager for the Georgetown Dining Services, also set up a booth about local food initiatives people can get involved with. Habitat for Humanity collected donations for a Rummage Sale that they are holding. Kaitlin Osborne set up a booth to collect old athletic shoes for the Reuse-A-Shoe program through Nike, which recycles the shoes for future use.
The off-campus booths included: Peace Craft, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth – Scott County chapter, Georgetown College Community Garden, Sutra Salon and Spa, Elmwood Stock Farm, Bluegrass Greensource, Promise Kids a Future/Adopt Uganda, Ky Interfaith Power & Light, Ky Solar Energy Society, Bluegrass Group Sierra Club, and Ky Student Environmental Coalition. The organizations and businesses discussed what they do, how people can possibly get involved and some sold their products. It was with the donations from many of the organizations and businesses in attendance that the concert was able to be held.
Children’s activities were also provided, such as face painting and balloon animals. Different prizes were donated for the door prizes available for all who attended. Bluegrass Green Source donated an umbrella, Promise Kids a Future donated an African basket, The Store donated a basket, Sheila Denison donated a planter with plant and others donated prizes as well.
Sophomore Jessica Boyle said, “The event has been a great way to learn about what is going on in the community and how to help the environment, and it has just been a lot of fun.”