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20th Earth Day festival

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice will host its 20th annual Earth Day Festival and Craft Fair on Saturday, April 28.

The largest and longest-running Earth Day celebration in West Central Indiana – now called the Earth Day Festival and Craft Fair – will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 28, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, located 10 minutes northwest of downtown Terre Haute.

This year’s celebration will offer a host of exhibits, the craft fair, pony rides, garden and horse barn tours, nature trail hike, alpaca shearing demonstration, alpaca obstacle course, fiber arts demonstration, children’s poetry class,  and more. New this year will include a handmade craft vendor area.

Back this year will be Silly Safari and Mark Booth’s Take Flight! Wildlife Education programs.

Silly Safari, based in Acton, Indiana, will offer interaction with the audience, as those attending will have the chance to interact with several animals during the presentation.

Mark Booth’s Take Flight! Wildlife Education program, based in Indianapolis, will stress the importance of the natural world while utilizing a handful of birds of prey.

There will be guided tours of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice’s USDA certified organic garden as well as a nature trail hike, a grafted cucumber plants garden research project tour/presentation and more.

Enjoy spending time shopping at the Farm Store, where you can purchase handmade and locally produced items, including soaps, alpaca fiber goods, wood carvings, pottery and plenty more.

Vendors will be on hand during the event offering all types of delicacies, and the Sisters of Providence will offer a bake sale.

In fact, don’t just come to Earth Day, enjoy the entire day west of the Wabash River, as the Wabash Valley Art Festival will take place at the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area in West Terre Haute. Children ages kindergarten through fifth grade may also take part in the Turtle Trot fun run, starting at 8:30 a.m., at Dewey Point along the Wabashiki, and the third annual Emily’s Walk will begin at 9:30 a.m., also at Dewey Point. All proceeds from the West Terre Haute events will benefit the Wabashiki.

Admission is free, but freewill offerings will be accepted at the entrance gates. The first 500 people to enter will receive a free gift bag.

For more information, visit WhiteViolet.org, call 812-535-2930 or email wvc@spsmw.org.

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About White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, teaches, cares and inspires for all creation. More information about White Violet Center for Eco-Justice may be found at WhiteViolet.org.

About the Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence, a Congregation of nearly 300 women religious, with more than 200 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries may be found at SistersofProvidence.org.

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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For inquiries or information, contact Jason Moon at jmoon@spsmw.org or 812-535-2810.