Columbia County Habitat’s ReStore will host its Second Annual EcoFair on Saturday, April 22 in support of Earth Day. Taking place in and outside ReStore from 10am to 4pm, this year’s theme is Healthy Families/Healthy Communities. The celebration will include interactive displays, demos, special offers, crafts, local products, music, food and face painting.
Bill Williams on Oldies 93-5 & 98-5 The Cat will open the Fair from 10-12, followed by live music from local artists. Featured will be a host of area organizations with environmentally friendly tips and specials for Fair visitors. Master Gardeners of Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties will offer free testing of pH levels for visitors who bring one cup of soil to be sampled, and they will provide the latest information regarding native pollinator plants. Extension Resource Educator, Theresa Mayhew, will challenge visitors with a Recycling Decomposition game. Columbia County Department of Health, Environmental Health Division will be highlighting its Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP), which seeks to reduce the burden of housing-related illness and injury through a holistic, and proactive healthy homes approach. The program provides in-home assessments and interventions for asthma, indoor air quality, lead, fire safety, and other environmental health hazards. Certified Document Security returns again this year with its ‘shredding’ truck and will offer visitors free shredding of up to 3 bags of documents. New this year is the company’s offer to destroy and dispose of securely hard drives and other electronic devices (cell phones, old computers, backup tape drives, etc.), for a 33% discounted price of $10 for each device.
There will be fun activities for all. Kinderhook Garden Club will help plant small terracotta pots for decorating; the Baker’s Dozen 4H Group will demonstrate and sell ‘seed bombs’; the Kinderhook Running Club will share warm-up and cool-down tips, and ReStore volunteers will assist visitors with transforming store tiles to decorative coasters. Cathy Hennessy of The Painted Piece and ReStore customer, Tracey Ledder, will conduct creative demos, showing clever ways to beautify old furniture.
Visitors will want to be sure to participate in ReStore’s raffle of bare root tree and shrub packs from Columbia County Soil and Water District and its silent auction of selected ReStore merchandise that has been transformed by customers and volunteers. Visitors will be amazed at the transformations!