If proof were ever needed that Greenbelters 1), care about Mother Earth and 2), know how to have fun, one need look no farther than the Green Man Festival, scheduled to return for the 9th year this coming weekend. This year it’s dedicated to our forests (didn’t someone proclaim this Greenbelt’s Year of the Forest?)
Unlike so many rather academic eco-minded events, this one is more fun and more spiritual because it focuses on the Green Man, who’s made his way through the ages in folklore, songs, stone carvings in cathedrals and art in humble cottages. The Green Man is known to many as the Spirit of the Natural World and today is the unofficial voice for the environment. Good to know!
WHEN: Saturday, May 11th, 10 – 6 and Sunday, May 12th, 11 – 5
WHERE: Greenbelt’s Roosevelt Center
WHAT: Music, dancing, fun for kids and general craziness for the young at heart (aren’t we all?) Here’s the full schedule
Cool things for kids: Maypole, face-painting, making mosaics, Eco-Scavenger Hunt, making fairy gardens, a fairy house-building workshop, glitter tattoos, storytelling, and a sing-along. Oh, and the Green Man Parade! (Children encouraged to dress up as their favorite woodland creatures.)
Parents would be crazy not to come and bring their kids (imho)!
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And Lots o’ Drumming!
I’m told that this year there will be more drumming than evah! First the Greenbelt Drum Circle in the morning led by Trevor Siegel, then drums to add background for the opening ceremony, which is based in Native American traditions. Next, the Green Man Parade with drums to set the rhythm. Then finally, a lively drumming and dance circle led by one of the Washington area’s best known drum teachers and drum circle leaders – Katy Gaughan. That’s Katy in the next photo, her usual shy self.