Earth Day is a Friday, and there is no shortage of local events to celebrate the Earth’s annual holiday and all its wonders.

Activist John McConnell first proposed the holiday in 1970, leading a small start to the first celebration on March 21st. After that, Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed a national event, as a result of which 20 million people celebrated on the streets of various US cities, according to a history page on epa.gov.

The tradition of celebrating the Earth and its benefits, as well as protesting the forces that destroy the environment, continues locally, nationally and globally.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Lancaster County this year: from clearing the banks of the Conesto River to a full Earth Day festival in Elizabethtown.


Thursday

Elixir of Ellister, at 332 N. Queen St., Lancaster, from 19.00 to 21.00 will be the Earth Day ceremony, led by spiritual teacher Tracy Diana. The event will include dancing, meditation, a journaling session, group cleaning and a fire and soil ceremony. Tickets cost $ 38. More information.


Friday

Lancaster Conservancy will host a Earth Day cleaning party at the Climbers Run Nature Reserve, at 226 Frogtown Road in Pekea from 1pm to 4pm. The event will also take place on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Volunteers will meet in a barn at the reserve and will work to clean up invasive plants around the area. Organizers recommend bringing work gloves, but they will have several pairs in place. Admission is free. More information.

Sahd Metal Processing, at 1045 Lancaster Ave. in Colombia, from 16:30 to 19:30 will be an event on Earth Day. Visitors will be able to see the process of recycling waste from cranes to torches. There will be competitions and prizes. Admission is free. More information.

Coldwell Banker Realty there will be a project to clean the unit before Earth Day, which starts at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested, meet at the Coldwell Banker office at 1000 N. Prince St. in Lancaster. It is recommended to bring gloves, but will present garbage bags and gloves. Afterwards they will serve drinks. Admission is free. More information.

Nisley Vineyards, at 140 Vintage Drive in Bainbridge, from 18 to 19:30 will be Earth Day celebrations. Visitors will be able to taste the wine and create a juicy composition from a bottle of wine. Tickets cost $ 47, the price includes all accessories and tastings. Nissley requires pre-registration and prepayment. More information.


Saturday

– Several organizations, including Canestoy River Club, Lancaster Conservation, University of Millersville and Lower Sasquehanna River Association, from 8:30 a.m. to participate in the cleanup of the Conesto River before Earth Day. Organizers of the event at Windolph Landing Park, on Wilderness Road in Lancaster, will bring materials including bags, gloves, trash cans and waders. Wear clothes in which you can get dirty, and take your own bottle of water. The event will offer lunch and snacks. Admission is free, but registration is recommended. More information.

The main source of the Euphrates from 9 a.m. to noon will be Earth Day celebrations. Participants will meet at Whistle Stop Plaza at 16 E. Main St. in the Euphrates and will then be divided into groups throughout the district. Admission is free, but participants must respond by email lisa@mainspringofefhrata.com or by calling 717-721-6196. More information.

Earth 2 Electronic City Earth Day will be celebrated at Elizabethtown Fairgrounds, at 900 E. High St. in Elizabethtown. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include live music, food trucks, a reptile show from the Forgotten Friends Reptile Sanctuary, a pop-up market, baby products and a tidy community. Admission is free. More information.

Read the book Roses, at N. Prince St., 23, in Lancaster, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. will host author Annette Garber as she reads her children’s book “Carry” about caring for the Earth and celebrating it with various activities. At the event, Garber will sign copies of the books. Admission is free. More information.

– See you at Garden in light frescoes and public garden, at Locust St., 21 in Lancaster, for the Earth Day celebration, which begins at noon. The event will feature local artists and musicians Lisa Fairman, BanOaks, Sir Dominic Jordan, Adam Kissinger and Todd Watkins. A drum circle, activities for children, performances and much more will be organized. Admission is free. More information.

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