Earth Day Celebration with Evergreen Minds at the Vassar Farm (in person)

Project Growing Together Community Garden is located on the grounds of the ecological preserve at Vassar College.

11 am – 11:45  Musical Meditation in the Garden – Eric Fraser

Eric Fraser is a licensed music therapist and a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, and songwriter. Eric’s orientation to Indian classical music serves as inspiration for melody, and a creative tool for improvisation on original styles that incorporate voice, guitar, keyboard, electronics and looping. Join Eric in the garden with his Bansuri (a bamboo flute from India) for a relaxing and grounding musical meditation in and with naturewww.ericfraser.com

12-12:45 – Wild Hudson Valley – Justin Wexler & Anna Plattner

Those That Sustain Us: The Role of Plants in Hudson Valley Native Life:

Local indigenous communities once relied on the great diversity of plants that call the Hudson Valley home. Join ethnoecologist, teacher and farmer, Justin Wexler of Wild Hudson Valley to explore some of the important plants for food, tools, fiber, medicine and dyes, and their role in Lenape culture both centuries ago and today. www.wildhudsonvalley.com

12:50-1:45 Creating Mushroom Sculptures for the Garden! —Serena Domingues:

Serena is a multi-media creator exploring conceptual ideas about human nature and how we impact the natural world and ourselves. She will be hosting a sculpture workshop; teaching the importance of mushrooms and how to make one out of clay! Each participant will be able to keep a mushroom and give one to the garden. Her website is www.serenasnature.com to learn more about her work and classes. Suggested donation $10-$20 pp–Pay what you can for this activity!

1:50 – 2:10 – The Practice and Science of Home CompostingJoyce deVries TomaselliCornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

Joyce deVries Tomaselli is Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County’s (CCEDC) Community Horticulture Resource Educator and a Master Gardener. 

Join us as Joyce shares how to effectively compost organic materials and successfully use them in gardening. Learn how organic matter improves key aspects of soil and enables plants to take up the nutrients they need. Join us to learn all about it! http://ccedutchess.org/

 2:30-3:15 – Move with the FLOW of NATURE: Qigong in the GardenKele Baker

Relax, restore and revitalize in this comfortable qigong (“chee-gong”) session. Through a series of easy, fun meditative movements, learn how to embody the resilience of a tree, the joy of the sun, the groundedness of earth, the courage of the mountain, and graceful flow of water. These therapeutic movement and breathing practices are easy to do and adaptable to all abilities. You are welcome to stand or sit for the session. Teacher Kele Baker is a senior trainer for Holden Qigong, Healer Within Qigong and Tai Chi Easy. Locally, Kele teaches qigong courses for Vassar College LLI and Marist College CLS. She also teaches online group classes and one-to-one coaching sessions. www.kelebaker.com

3:30-4 – Closing Celebration & Music in the Garden with Dementia Care Champion, Dr. Al Power, MD

We are honored to have the world-renowned G. Allen Power join us as we officially open our community gardenDr. Power will be playing his guitar for a fun, musical ribbon-cutting in the Garden!

Dr. Power is a board-certified internist, geriatrician, and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester. He is also a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator, a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors and an international educator on transformation models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.

In addition, Dr. Power is also a trained musician and songwriter with three recordings, including Life Worth Living: A Celebration of Elders and Those Who Care for Them.  His songs have been recorded by several artists and performed on three continents. Peter, Paul and Mary performed his song of elder autonomy, “If You Don’t Mind”, and Walter Cronkite used his song, “I’ll Love You Forever” in a 1995 Discovery Channel profile of American families.

You can learn more about Dr. Power’s contributions to dementia care and his books, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care and Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being at http://www.alpower.net/alpower_bio.htm

Other FUN Happenings Throughout the Day:

  • The fabulous Vassar Band, Fowlmouth Adds to the Earth Day Festivities https://www.instagram.com/fowlmouth.band/
  • Our Intern, Lixuanyi (Joy) Pan will be preparing an authentic Chinese Dish!
  • Nature Mandala Making: Everyone is Welcome to add to Our community Mandala!
  • Pix with Chix! Join Bea the Mayor—The World’s Most Beloved Chicken (ok, well…maybe just in the Hudson Valley)…and her person, Evergreen Minds Board Member, Karen Finnegan visit and you can have your photo taken with The Mayor!
  • Our hard-working Vassar Interns and community Volunteers will be here to greet you and help throughout the Event!

Dutchess/Ulster Walk to End Alzheimer’s (in person)

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by the walk.

Register here!

Kingston O+ Festival (in person)

O+ (pronounced O Positive) supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for wellness services: the art of medicine for the medicine of art.

O+ helps strengthen community wellbeing with Narcan and CPR trainings, expos of local health-and wellness-related nonprofits, cycling events, classes in the healing arts, mural tours and healthcare forums.

Kingston O+ Festival (in person)

O+ (pronounced O Positive) supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for wellness services: the art of medicine for the medicine of art.

O+ helps strengthen community wellbeing with Narcan and CPR trainings, expos of local health-and wellness-related nonprofits, cycling events, classes in the healing arts, mural tours and healthcare forums.

9th Annual Accessibility Awareness Day (in person)

Spend the day with Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park – Highland side – for a fundraiser to help raise awareness of the need for recreational spaces for individuals with disabilities.
Entrance is free! There will be music, a bake sale, event t-shirts for sale, and an amazing raffle.

2021 Caregiver Symposium; A Glimpse into the Life of a Younger Caregiver

Join the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter for an evening focused on the Younger Caregiver experience. Our 2021 symposium will highlight real life stories, situations and events that raise awareness on a caregiver’s journey and highlight the importance behind community support and outreach. Featured Speakers/Panelists Dr. Jessica Zwerling will speak about Healthy Aging and caregiver stress. Amy LeFleur wll speak on The Millennial Caregiver Experience Teresa Santos will speak on Fears Millennials Have About Alzheimer’s The event will also feature a presentation on Healthy Living for your Brain and Body offering tips on how to create a plan for healthy aging.

Register here (scroll all the way to the bottom.)