By Eric Caldwell
Triplicate Staff Writer
Earth Day Festival 2001 in Crescent City was everything sponsors and participants had hoped for.
The Cultural Center hosted indoor entertainment and unique items for sale. Vendors selling wares made predominantly of recycled materials lined the main hall as the sounds of storytelling, flute playing, live country music and folk dancing filled the indoor venue.
Wayne Nolan of Waynes Welding in Crescent City displayed unique art pieces made from the metal of fuel and water tanks recovered from scrapyards and around the docks at the harbor. Cut into shapes of wolves, tribal dancers, Native American chiefs and numerous other designs, the decorative pieces illustrated that one persons junk can be another persons art.
On the deck outside, children busily made creative sculptures at a crafts table using recycled materials such as reused paper towel tubes, craft paper and glitter.
Redwood State and National Parks offered redwood tree seeds to be germinated in reused egg carton cups. Cathy Cook, a park ranger, and her 7-year-old daughter Jessica gave instruction on how to successfully plant and rear a redwood tree.
Although it was her first year being involved with the local Earth Day and Earth Month activities, Cook said Del Norte County did a tremendous job. The community really came out for the beach and Smith River cleanups. Earth Month (was successful in) galvanizing groups to clean up the area.
On the lawn behind the Cultural Center, the inflatable castle was getting its fair share of use as dozens of kids bounced off stored energy. And a few youths got to try their hand at throwing pots on a potters wheel provided by the Ducat family who also had two tables stacked with stoneware and raku pots (a decorative form of pottery) the family had made.
Sans Prophet from Brookings and Tidewater Groove of Obrien kept the outdoor venue lively with blues and rock music.
According to Michael Penney of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, between 700 and 800 people attended the days festivities.
It was a wonderful package of cultural, ethnic, blues and rock; a wide range of musical talent, Penney said.
The two stages of constant entertainment were hard to organize, but the quality of entertainers was superb.
This years Earth Day Festival was by far the largest in Crescent Citys history, Penney said. Kids, families and elders all had a great time, he said. And, I want to thank all the volunteers.