GRAFTON - As part of its expanding science outreach into Southern Vermont and New Hampshire communities, The Nature Museum at Grafton is sponsoring a weekend of special events and activities
The late astronomer Carl Sagan's description of Earth from space as a "pale blue dot" inspired the name of this event featuring presentations related to nature, science, and the environment. Leading businessmen, professionals, teachers, performers, and artists have cooperated with museum to produce an event on Memorial Day Weekend that focuses on nature, science, and the environment.
Friday night's opening gala reception features entertainment, refreshments, and speaker Jeffrey Hollender, founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, [an exemplary Vermont-based company providing safe and environmentally-responsible household products].
Saturday offers a free museum and Grafton-wide day of outstanding speakers, hands-on activities and crafts, exhibits, Cool Jobs, and musical performances - all devised to appeal to children, teens, and adults and including music by The Junkman, a parade finale led by Bread and Puppet, and fresh local food.
All programs, exhibits, and hands-on activities are free and take place in Grafton beginning at 10 a.m.
Scheduled speakers and topics include the following.
•Don McCormick, President, Carbon Harvest Energy "Integrating Renewable Energy, Food and Fuel Systems" 10 a.m., the White Church
•Dave Jacke, author and co-founder, Edible Forest Gardens "Eden Arising: Ecological Design and the Inner Landscape" 11:20 a.m., the White Church
•Amy Cotler, author and veteran farm to table advocate "The Locavore Way" 1 p.m., the White Church
•Phebe Meyers, co-founder, Change the World Kids "No One Can Do Everything, but Everyone Can Do Something" 1 p.m., The Old Tavern's Homestead Room, next to the White Church
•John Connell, architect and founder, Yestermorrow Design Build School "Your New Home: Green, Custom and Factory-Built" 2:20 p.m., the White Church
•John Bramley, CEO, the Windham Foundation; former provost, University of Vermont
"Can Vermont's Landscape Work and for Whom?" 3:40 p.m., the White Church
Check www.nature-museum.org or call 843-2111 for Friday tickets, the event schedule, or information on volunteering or sponsorships.