Earth Day festivities highlighted resiliency in many forms

Sarah Kirby
Brothers Reed plays for a crowd on stage near the Upper Lodge at the Mount Shasta City Park on Sunday during Bioregional Ecology Center’s Earth Day festival.

Resilience was the theme for this year’s Mount Shasta Earth Day festival, which took place on Sunday, April 28. Those in attendance at the festival, hosted by the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, enjoyed organic goods, art activities, music from the band Brothers Reed, a water blessing ceremony, and lots of booths filled with crafts from local vendors.

Additionally, panels were held in the community building about the art of resilience, resilience among our flora, resilience in the face of catastrophe, and creating community resilience among our cities.

These panels created conversations about how individuals can help create a more resilient planet.

Trish Osborn, who managed a booth for Run4Salmon, said she enjoyed the way the festival was laid out this year.

“I like that the festival is spread out which keeps people walking,” she said. “The organic food is great. I had curry. A lot of indigenous tribes are here like the Karuk, Winneman, and Pit River. I like that they are hanging out and bridging connections. I appreciate the unity of watching them collaborate – all nations, it is the unity.”

The event was a bit more spread out in the Mount Shasta City Park this year, and those individuals who visited the Sacramento River Headwaters could be found by the stage, near booths, or out in the dandelion-filled meadow enjoying the sun.

Owner of Freelance Free Media Arts, Rey Rey spent her day at the festival and listened to the band.   

“I’ve been tapping my foot, so the musicality is there. This festival is a lively initiative and people are well meaning,” Rey said. “There are lots of children running around with dandelions in their hands. The whole point of this festival is to be aware of how we are part of the Earth. There are lots of recycled and upcycled goods. The kombucha is delicious.”

Kara Saunders, owner of Bear Wallow Herbs, gave an herb walk through the park.

Many people could be found snacking on crickets. These crickets are a protein powerhouse snack, according to the local company Evolution Ranch.

A water blessing in the meadow included prayers about how connected water is with life.

With rainbow-colored school buses in the background, many families also sat by the gazebo to hear music.

Owner of Lovely Dahling, Amelia Mallory vended and was the emcee at the event.

“I think it is great to see how much of Mount Shasta will come out and support the community and bioregional center. My favorite part is getting on stage and introducing the acts. I enjoyed the cool art projects that the art council brought,” Mallory said.