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Davidson Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day the Davidson Way

Come to the Davidson Town Green Saturday, April 23 for Earth Day-vidson, a festival celebrating our community’s active role in protecting natural resources and preserving open space. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy fantastic food, multi-cultural music, hands-on children’s activities, a climbing wall, raffle, and displays by the Town and various earth-friendly organizations. Admission to the festival is free.
Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) and the Davidson College Environmental Action Coalition (EAC) are hosting Earth Day-vidson in recognition of Davidson’s recent EPA “Smart-Growth” award.
According to Davidson Mayor Randall Kincaid, “Communities define smart growth differently. We feel that smart growth embodies a number of important principles: preserving open space and other parts of our heritage; requiring that subdivisions have a variety of housing types; preserving our economic and social diversity; preserving our downtown; and connecting our streets, making it possible for people to walk and ride bicycles.”
The vision for Earth Day-vidson originated with the EAC and is being developed in partnership with DLC.
“Earth Day-vidson is a non-profit event produced by a team of dedicated activists, both students and town residents, volunteering their time for a better world. It wouldn’t be possible without the many committed volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors participating to celebrate and educate people about the principles of environmental responsibility in our community,” said Vicki Blaney, DLC board member and co-producer of the festival.
If you would like to volunteer, donate or participate as an exhibitor or vendor, please contact Mitze Bender, DLC office manage at or (704) 892-1910.
The daytime festivities on the Town Green will be followed in the evening by a Green Ball on the Davidson College campus, also to benefit DLC.

Contra Dance for Conservation

Don’t miss Davidson College EAC’s Green Ball, the lively culmination of Earth Day-vidson, on Saturday, April 23, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Chambers Gallery on the college campus.
The Green Ball, a square/contra dance with live music, cash bar, silent auction, desserts and coffee, brings both college and community together to raise funds for lands conservation.
You don’t have to bring a partner or be a professional dancer to contra dance. All dances are taught beforehand then prompted by a caller once the music begins.
Dance to the live music of Ben Nelson and Company Bluegrass, then quench your thirst with beer, wine or soft drinks from the cash bar.
The silent auction features a weekend at the beach, a day at the spa, a limited-edition nature photograph and many other exciting items. Be there early to place your bids.
Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold at the door. Students may contact Liz Dover at or (704) 894-5404 to purchase tickets in advance.
For updates and additional information visit the DLC web site at

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