Just as the tallest trees start with seeds, the team behind the Live Green Connecticut festival concentrates on the small steps -- the individual actions that together will add up to a more environmental conscious society.
This family festival teams green-living options with a chance to enjoy some music, good food and myriad children's activities.
The goal is to provide visitors with the resources and tools needed to live a more sustainable existence and to be aware of one's impact on natural resources.
"We are really excited about this year," said Weicker. "Each year, it has been building and building."
This year, there will be close to 100 exhibitors, more food choices, an expanded children's activity area and more entertainers. The event stretches over two days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 to 15, at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk.
Want to learn about renewable energy? Interested in a test drive in one of Ford's eco-friendly cars? Want to see a yoga or zumba demonstration? Want to help your kids make a difference? Or perhaps you are looking forward to riding a pony and decorating your face.
You can do all these things both days.
Weicker said he and Dixon have listened over the years to find ways to improve and offer more to the visitors and exhibitors who will be coming out each day.
"We built a solid foundation from which to work from and each year that foundation expands," he said, adding that he expects to see thousands of people visit the park this upcoming weekend. "In the process, we are making wonderful partnerships, not only with the green and sustainable community, but also with the families of Fairfield County.
"Everyone is trying to do their part," he added. "Our goal is to make this family friendly, so there is something that attracts all ages to live green in Connecticut."
The organization is attempting to practice what it preaches, as well, with Stamford-based Sustainable America overseeing composting on the site each day.
The group is working to raise awareness about reducing food waste, utilizing alternative energy sources, supporting local food producers and creating jobs that will bring about innovations in global food and fuel systems.
The speakers' tent will be the source of information both days, with talks about ways to save money and energy, how to network with others seeking a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, how to find "green" employment and changes to the way one thinks about fueling up.
One can find out information on pet adoption or listen to a local children's book author. Bring some chairs to rest awhile and listen to the music, which includes performances by many local artists, including Norwalk's Scot Albertson, Darien-based Sarah McGowan and the Light Hearts. Check out alternative fuel vehicles. Or see how to harness the wind and sun for energy.
"There are so many different things going on," Weicker said. "One can wander Live Green Connecticut and find something new in every nook and cranny."
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