Monday, March 29, 2010

Winter Farmers' Market, Read & Seed and Earth Hour at Wilmington College

This weekend, the campus and the community were buzzing with activity that started Friday night and carried into the early hours of Sunday morning. We celebrated two nights of Earth Hour events, we had our last Winter Farmers' Market at Swindler & Sons Florists, and we held the third of three 'Read and Seeds' for the week.

To kick off the weekend, we hosted a 'Dinner in the Dark' at the TOP, the main dining hall here at Wilmington College. It was the first of four events in conjunction with Earth Hour, the global awareness campaign that aims to bring light (pun intended) to energy conservation and climate change by urging citizens to shut off their lights for one hour. From dinner, we moved down to the lower campus athletic fields where we played glow-in-the-dark Ultimate Frisbee, using a light-up disk and a bunch of strategically placed glowsticks. The college's 'Lil Sibs' weekend fell on Friday and Saturday as well, so we drew a lot of participants from students and their sibs. Both events were well attended and a lot of fun.

Saturday morning, the Winter Farmers' Market set-up shop at Swindler & Sons Florists for the last time this season. The market will be back in April, but at a new location.

 The market was bustling early-on, as customers and farmers chatted about products and the upcoming growing season.

Above: Jamie Patton of Sycamore Tree General Store-- one of the Spring and Winter market vendors-- holds the newest addition to the Patton family, Joshua.

Later that day, we welcomed more than 15 kids to our afternoon 'Read and Seed.' The topic of the day was 'Insects,' and kids participated in bug hunts around campus and read books about bugs.

We finished the evening-- after our hour-long observation of Earth Hour, of course-- with a Glow Stick Dance Party, and were surprised at the level of enthusiasm that a lot of our participants brought to the fun contest.

In all, it was a busy but successful weekend, and we are thankful for everyone who participated or who helped make it possible.

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