Musketaquid Arts and Environment has announced the details of its 23rd annual Earth Week festivities that pay homage to International Earth Day, celebrated every year worldwide on April 22nd.
Earth Week in Concord commences on Sunday, April 21 with the Artists’ Reception for Musketaquid’s Earth Month Art Exhibit, according to a press release. The week culminates on a grade scale with its own Musketaquid Earth Day celebration held on Saturday, April 27.
All Earth Week events will be presented in Concord, with many based at Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts located at 40 Stow Street.
Each year, Musketaquid chooses a theme that best speaks to its passion for discovery within both art and nature. “EDGES: Where Habitats Meet, Where Habits Meet” is the theme for this year, and Musketaquid activities that began in mid-January in preparation for the Earth Month Art Exhibit (which runs from April 13 through May 5) and Earth Week activities, are all tied into the need to recognize and deepen one’s connection and respect for their natural surroundings and finding a way to express that connection in an artistic manner, whether it be through the visual, performing, or literary arts.
All Musketaquid Earth Day and Earth Week events (except for the Rory Block concert on April 26) are free and open to all.
Sunday, April 21, 1-4 p.m.:
River Ceremony Workshop
Led by artist and certified InterPlay trainer CC King. This workshop, the second of two (the first to be held on Sat. April 13) will explore the many ways one can construct a floating sculpture out of natural branch and grass fibers. These sculptures will then be launched during the Earth Day River Ceremony, held the morning of April 27, providing a peaceful flotilla that makes its way down the Concord River to destinations real and imagined. The workshop location will be determined in early April.
Sunday, April 21, 5-8 p.m.:
Earth Month Art Exhibit Artists’ Reception
A non-juried art show which runs in the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts Gallery from April 13 through May 5. The exhibit features craft and fine art in two and three dimensions, as well as photography, video, and multi-media. The artists’ reception will showcase live performances of music and spoken word. The winner of Musketaquid’s first annual T-Shirt Design Contest, who will announced in early April, will be honored at the reception. The winning design will be emblazoned on the front of this year’s Earth Day T-Shirt which will be available for purchase on Musketaquid Earth Day, April 27.
Wednesday, April 24, 7:30-9 p.m.:
Puppet Dress Rehearsal
Final touches on preparing puppets for the Musketaquid Earth Day Parade. Led by puppet-making artist Morningstar Medaye and the Musketaquid Parade Team. Last minute participants welcome.
Friday, April 26, 8 p.m.:
Rory Block In Concert
Presented during Musketaquid Earth Week by Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts and sponsored by Concord-based Reasons To Be Cheerful. Tickets are $25-$35. More information can be found specifically at www.emersonumbrella.org/rory-block.
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m-2 p.m: Musketaquid Earth Day
10-10:45 a.m. (rain or shine)
All are welcome to join in at the Lowell Road Boat Launch located in Concord. Developed by participants in the river ceremony workshops, the ceremony will feature the Voices for the Earth Chorus, drums, floating sculptures and River and Land Sprites with watery sound, movement and song. The Earth Day Parade proceeds from this location.
10:45 a.m.-noon (rain or shine)
Earth Day Parade
All are welcome to join in the Parade! Participants will line up by 10:45 a.m. at the Lowell Road Bridge, near the Boat Launch. At 11 a.m., the Parade will travel from Lowell Road Bridge through the center of Concord to Emerson Umbrella. Large dancing puppets will be accompanied by stilters, La Piñata dancers, Alice Heller’s Dancers and several musical groups such as the Musketaquid All-Star Brass Band (led by Billy Novick) and AfroBrazil (led by Marcus Santos). Parade participants include environmental, school and community groups, friends, families and all those passionate about celebrating the Earth. Side Shows, including folk rockers Snow Crow, will take place along the parade route starting at 10:30 am.
12 to 2 p.m. (in case of rain, the festival moves indoors)
Arts & Environment Festival
Music headliners for this year’s festival are award-winning vocalist/composer Holly Brewer and her new band The Folks Below. Their debut album, being recorded in early April, will be released in May.
Also on the bill are The Squeezebox Stompers with their rousing roadhouse roots/blues/cajun/zydeco tunes.
Julie Corey of The Village Drum will lead a community drum circle to get the musical proceedings rolling. Audio support by Zolla Productions.
Food for sale by Farm To Table Café at Groton Wellness and water bubbler stations provided compliments of Concord Water. There will be information tables from several area environmental organizations, along with several art-making demonstrations. All held on the Emerson Umbrella grounds, 40 Stow Street, right after the arrival of the Earth Day Parade.