New Salem to hold Old Home Day Saturday

NEW SALEM — Contrary to popular belief and song lyrics, it IS easy being green, according to organizers of Saturday’s Old Home Day.

The annual event, dubbed “How Easy it is Bein’ Green,” will focus on sustainability and the adage “reduce, reuse, recycle.”

The town has “reduced” its energy budget and fossil fuel use with a solar electric installation, tours of which will be given.

Kids will also get to try their hands at their own solar projects, building and racing sun-powered miniature cars from 10 a.m. to 11:30.

There will be plenty to “reuse,” from the library’s used book sale to a mini golf course featuring renditions of reused town buildings, and a used-clothing “trashion fashion” show at 12:15 p.m. to a recycled art exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A noon parade will precede the 12:30 pie eating contest and cross-cut saw contest. If eating or lumberjacking aren’t your forte, you can compete in the 2 p.m. basketball shootout on the recreation field.

The food served at the annual firefighters’ pancake breakfast, however, will be served fresh from 7 a.m. to 10 at the fire station. The firefighters will also cook up lunch, offering it from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The festival will “recycle” its entertainment, with Charles Neville and the Skeletons playing two sets at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Academy Building.

Two woodland walks will remind folks just what “going green” can help protect. The Appalachian Mountain Club will lead a hike of the Quabbin area from 9 a.m. to noon, coinciding with the Mount Grace Land Trust’s hike of West Hill. Both will begin behind Town Hall.

There will be plenty more to do throughout the day, including “tin can” and silent auctions, bake and tag sales, dance performances, skydivers and kids’ activities.

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