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Greenspace Presentation and Birthday Celebration - April 19 & April 22

The Community Greenspace, in Craftsbury Village, is gearing up to celebrate its first birthday during Earth Week, April 16-22. The two acre site, located at 321 South Craftsbury Road, came into being in April, 2016 through the efforts of Wonder & Wisdom, The Art House, Town of Craftsbury, Sterling College, and dozens of community volunteers. The greenspace is a place for people of all ages to enjoy nature, the arts, outdoor education, inspiration, and recreation.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, the Craftsbury Energy Committee will host “Community Greenspace 2.0” at the Craftsbury Public Library. The slide show and discussion is co-presented by Ceilidh Galloway-Kane and Jim Flint. The two nonprofit directors will share the story of the site’s transformation into a beautiful park like setting which includes nature trails, an amphitheater, stage, and labyrinth. The presentation takes place immediately following the monthly community dinner at the Church on the Common.

Plans for 2017 include relocating The Art House pizza oven to the greenspace, pizza and live music events, building a kiosk, and expanding the trails and natural playground area. Afterschool kids from Craftsbury REACH! and Lakeview School will enjoy activities at the greenspace on Thursday afternoons this spring through a special grant from NEK Kids on the Move.

The community is also invited to an "Earth Day Birthday" celebration at the greenspace on Saturday, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m. Participants are encouraged to park in Craftsbury Village and take the short walk to the greenspace. The free family event include nature walks, volunteer projects, whiffleball, cake and ice cream, and live music. Musicians and volunteers who would like to pitch in to help make the celebration a success are encouraged to email Jim Flint or call 533-9370.