Update: Plastic awareness event postponed
By Margie Plunkett
The Ocean Ridge Garden Club is hosting a Plastics-Free Awareness Day in an effort to help rid the sea of debris.
The daylong event, “Save the Seas — Plastics-Free Awareness Day: Engage, Inform, Inspire,” is presented by the Garden Club and the town of Ocean Ridge. It starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21, with a beach cleanup.
Each year, the Ocean Ridge Garden Club has a community engagement event — and this year, it decided to focus on the environment with the Save the Seas day.
“Our mission is ‘the ocean is our garden’ and we realized that plastics pollution is a huge issue. We decided to create an awareness day to educate, inform and inspire as many people as we could,” said Mickey Farley, chairperson for the event.
The Garden Club hopes to provide a forum for groups with a “right to a point of view” on the issue to share their knowledge, Farley said, adding that the club has 12 partners who will be exhibiting their organizations’ efforts and purpose through the day.
The cleanup, sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation, is followed by an agenda of events held at Ocean Ridge Town Hall. From 10 to 11 a.m., family art activities and awards will be held.
Exhibitor booths are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with music by Indigo Dreamers and a Nomad Surf Shop food truck.
Environmental presentations include “The Story” at 11 a.m., by Bryan Galvin of PasTrek 2019; “Rise Above Plastics” at noon, by Tom Warnke of the Surfrider Foundation; and “Native Plants and Wildlife for Coastal Gardens” at 1 p.m., by George Gann of the Institute for Regional Conservation.