A Community Celebration of the Earth

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10am – 2pm
“Life on the Edge”
Schedule of Events


River Ceremony, 10-10:45am
All are welcome to join in at the Lowell Road Boat Launch located in Concord. Developed by
participants in the river ceremony workshops, the ceremony will feature stilters, drums,
floating sculptures and River and Land Sprites with watery sound, movement and song. The
Earth Day Parade proceeds from this location.
Earth Day Parade, 10:45 am-noon
All are welcome to join in the Parade! Participants will line up by 10:45 am at the Lowell
Road Bridge, near the Boat Launch. At 11 am, the Parade will travel from Lowell Road Bridge
through the center of Concord to The Umbrella Community Arts Center. Large dancing
puppets will be accompanied by stilters Maya Apfelbaum, Mykuhl Henderson and Shawn
Morrissey, La Piñata dancers, several musical groups such as the Dirty Water Brass Band,
AfroBrazil, and more. Parade participants include environmental, school and community
groups, friends, families and all those passionate about celebrating the Earth. Side
Shows, including street performers Keytar Bear, Sari Kalin’s Porch-i-oke, Snow Crow, and
more, will take place along the parade route starting at 10:30 am.
Arts & Environment Festival, 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Music headliners for this year’s festival are beatboxer Gene Shinozaki, performing with didgeridoo player Max Jackson, who will also accompany a special dance number “Planet Earth” performed by “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant John Tesoriero — and The Squeezebox Stompers celebrating a new record “Roots and Branches” featuring original roadhouse rootsy cajun/zydeco/tex-mex/country/blues music. Fresh from the parade, the La Piñata dancers with get the festival going with their latest dance maneuvers, along with stilt dancing performed by Maya Apfelbaum and Mykuhl Henderson. Audio support by Dana Westover. Food for sale by Trails End Cafe, Reasons To Be Cheerful, and more, and water bubbler stations provided compliments of Concord Water. There will be information tables from several area environmental organizations, along with several art-making demonstrations. All held on The Umbrella Community Arts Center grounds, 40 Stow Street in Concord, right after the arrival of the Earth Day Parade.
Earth Month Exhibit, Open all day
“Life on the Edge,” a non-juried, multi-media exhibit running from April 10 – May 5, 2014.
Artists’ Reception, Sunday, April 20, 5:00-8:00pm
The Umbrella Gallery


CLICK HERE to peruse our collection of giant puppets to reserve and carry in the parade. Made by artists and community members and groups, these beautiful puppets offer individuals and groups a fun opportunity to celebrate our local plant and animal species!
Suggested Donation: $20/puppet

The Schedule for Musketaquid Earth Week leading up to Musketaquid Earth Day
All Musketaquid Earth Week events are free and open to all.

Each year, Musketaquid chooses a theme that best speaks to its passion for discovery within both art and nature. “Life On The Edge” is the theme for this year, and Musketaquid activities that began in mid-January in preparation for the Earth Month Art Exhibit (which runs from April 10 through May 5) and Earth Week activities, are all tied into the need to recognize and deepen one’s connection and respect for their natural surroundings and finding a way to express that connection in an artistic manner, whether it be through the visual, performing, or literary arts.
Saturday, April 19, 1-5 pm:
Earth Day Parade Making and Earth Float Workshop
Make Earth Floats to launch at the river’s edge, costumes and headdresses, puppets on a stick, giant puppets, banners and posters! Or Adopt-A-Puppet and fix it up for the parade!
Tuesday, April 22, 5-7:30 pm:
Earth Month Art Exhibit Artists’ Reception
A non-juried art show which runs in The Umbrella Community Arts Center Gallery from April 11 through May 5. The exhibit features craft and fine art in two and three dimensions, as well as photography, video, and multi-media. The artists’ reception will showcase live performances of music and spoken word.
Tuesday-Friday, April 22-25:
Green Week!
The Umbrella Community Arts Center’s April Vacation Art Adventures Week with classes held to welcome SPRING and celebrate and explore art making using earth-friendly recycled materials. Transform plastic parts, newspaper, cardboard, scrap fabrics, and recycled ceramics into art. Turn what some people call trash into beautiful art. Collect art materials from nature while exploring the local environment and learning about plants and animals. Students will have the opportunity to work in the mediums of drawing and painting, 2D and 3D mixed media sculpture, Ceramics, Art and Environment, Woodworking, and Performance. Also, as a special collaboration with Musketaquid’s Earth Day Celebration, all students will be invited to submit pieces of art or work on puppets for the Musketaquid Earth Day Parade held on April 26!
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30-9 pm:
Puppet Dress Rehearsal
Final touches on preparing puppets for the Musketaquid Earth Day Parade. Led by puppet-making artists Morningstar Medaye, Dave Smyth and the Musketaquid Parade Team. Last minute participants welcome.
Thursday, April 24, 5-8 pm:
Earth Day Parade Making and Earth float Workshop
Make Earth Floats to launch at the river’s edge, costumes and headdresses, puppets on a stick, giant puppets, banners and posters! Or Adopt-A-Puppet and fix it up for the parade!


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