A Home Grown Community Festival and Green Fair

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Downtown Cortland

Come celebrate Earth Day at Cortland Blooms!

The Cortland Blooms Festival is next Sunday, April 21 from 11am to 3pm. With bike rentals, children’s activities, a craft bazaar, alternative energy transportation show, bike show, green fair, food and music, how could anyone go wrong by attending?

Cortland’s annual Earth Day festival that has grown over the years is celebrating its third annual event this April. Cortland Blooms strives to bring the Cortland community together with neighbors, family and friends. This year’s event is in two locations, the Cortland Corset Building (75 East Court Street) and the County Office Building Gymnasium (60 Central Avenue). Both are connected with an outdoor Art and Bike Trail.

At the Cortland Corset Building there will be 30+ local craft vendors and artists, with items that include homemade soaps, lotions, knitted items, unique jewelry, wooden crafts, hand painted glass, handmade felted scarves, photography, cards and so much more! The Alternative Energy Transportation show will be located directly outside the building.  At 12pm and 2pm, there will brief tours of the Corset Building’s heating system (that uses recycled vegetable oil). Tours leave from the building’s main entrance.

At the Cortland County Office Building gymnasium, there will be a Green Fair with 30+ exhibits from local businesses and organizations, including a Farmer’s Market. Vendors will be both inside and outside the gym.  At 1:30pm, there will be a yoga demonstration in the gym.  Directly the outside the gym’s entrance will be an information tent that will house “Back to Basics: Cortland County Home Composting.” Come speak with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland about home composting and learn from Jean Bonhotol, Director of Cornell’s Waste Management Institute.

The Art and Bike Trail will run for two blocks on Central Ave and Pendleton St, where the street will be closed to car traffic. The Community Bike Project will be renting out bicycles free of charge and will also be setting up a bike tune-up station for those who bring their own bicycles. Cornell Cooperative Extension will also be offering free helmet fittings.

Families are encouraged to bring and donate unused children’s bicycles that will either be given away to children who do not have one or will be donated to CCE’s RUBEY program. A bike show, artists and musicians will be set up along the trail.

There will be food vendors for those looking for a quick, but healthy bite to eat. Indulge will be selling soup and baked goods. Cookin’ on Wheels will be selling grilled cheese sandwiches. Some of the farmer’s market vendors will also be offering ready-to-eat food products.

Children’s activities will include a fish printing activity (bring your own old t-shirt), bubble making, model wind turbine making, aquaponics demo, seed planting, origami making, book giveaway, hula hooping and more!

Cortland Blooms is free to the public. Rain or shine it is going to be a blast. Cortland blooms is part of Sustainability Month in the month of April, which is sponsored by Sustainable Cortland, Cortland Soil and Water, the Cortland Corset Building, the Cultural Council and SUNY Cortland.

For more information, to volunteer or participate, please contact Sara at cortlandblooms@gmail.com or 607.753.2253.