Earth Day is tomorrow, April 18, and our river city is ripe with eco activities.
There’s RVA Earth Day — “a celebration of local goodness” — on Mayo Island and the 25th Earth Day Richmond Festival at the Great Shiplock Park in Shockoe Bottom, where you can try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing.
Both events will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and both will have local produce, plants, live music, outdoor fun and art.
VCU is fêting Earth Day, too, with its fourth annual craft and food bazaar. It’s this Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the university’s Green-Unity VCU group; the fair will be held in the Commons Plaza at 907 Floyd Ave.
The bazaar will feature urban growers and bakers, student and area craftsmen, and designers and eco-conscious businesses, along with plenty of handmade works by locals.
One artist, Aijung Kim , will be at the bazaar selling her ’zines and prints. Pictured above is a fanciful 8 x 10-inch linocut print she calls “Bloom” ($25).
Aijung carved the design from linoleum, then inked it and printed it on recycled paper on an etching press. It’s one of only 27 editions. She calls “Bloom” a “silly-serious broccoli guy (or maybe gal?).”
That makes me smile.