NARBERT – When the call came to nearby schools looking for student volunteers to celebrate the 31st NarbEarth Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, the response was immediate and happy.
Ida Maloy, coordinator of civic activism at Baldwin School, sent out SOS, and soon the organizers of NarbEarth Day began compiling a list of student volunteers.
For a short period of time in addition to the Baldwin core students were students from Hariton, France Central and Lower Marion.
According to Ava Grabar of Haritan, “NarbEarth Day is a great opportunity for young people from the Main Line to come together and learn concrete and doable practices to save our planet.”
Along with Grabar were Noah Perot (Friends Central), Ellen Gallagher and Ethan Carten (Lower Marion), Cameron Sullivan, Colin Sullivan and Tom Buhler (Hariton), as well as Baldwin’s contingent consisting of Kylie Ligette, Marin Alter, Rachel Mirin, Maren Cohen and Anna Wetzel.
To say that they “pulled up their hands” is to say nothing! These students took tables and chairs out of storage and set them up, pitched tents and set up a variety of items on the tables – including baskets for silent auctions, plants for sale or for free, claims and miscellaneous.
Members of the Narbert Civic Association agreed that “We should pay special tribute to the volunteers for their tireless work on setting things up on Saturday morning – and tidying up at the end of the day.”
From sunrise to sunset the NCA had “best weather” and a gorgeous turnout for the long-awaited return after NarbEarth Day in April 2019.
After days, weeks and months of planning and training, all the volunteers, exhibitors and exhibitors – and above all, members of the extended Narberth community – came together for a fantastic event.
Narbert-Bohr businesses have donated a variety of specialties, including this list:
• Sustainable and low-waste household goods
• Plants, materials and services for the garden
• Samples of food and products
• Gift cards from local eateries
• Art and ceramics
• Pilates classes and private lessons
• Fuji “Lil Rookie” bike for beginners
• One-day trip to Harrisburg (up to 6 people) with a representative of Mary Joe Daly
• One-year family membership in the Narbert Civic Association
To crystallize the energy, “All of us in the Civic Association consider it a privilege and a joy to work with people who care about the earth, who care so deeply about the earth and implement this care daily!” So remembered Patsy Higgins, a longtime lead organizer, and Georgette Dubois, a veteran of NarbEarth Day for more than three decades.
Student volunteer student Noah Perot of Friends Central explained, “As someone who hadn’t even heard of NarbEarth Day before, I was glad I was asked to volunteer.
“It was amazing to me how good everyone was at the event, from the staff, the volunteers and the people who were just checking it out.
“Everyone had something to tell, and I was amazed at how many people there were that I contacted.
“There was a live bluegrass band – Grip It and Rip It – and a food truck, as well as all the desktop displays and fun activities for the kids – all of which connected the event.
“It’s really the combined efforts of everyone who played their part that made NarbEarth Day so special.”
Bluegrass band “Grip It Rip It” has an interesting background. Practicing lawyer and president of the Narberta Public Association Rich Mayer is the organizer of various musicians who volunteer their time on NarbEarth Day.
Rich explains: “Musicians are invited to come in and play as much as they want in a jam format. We stick to what I call the “rules of bluegrass jam”.
“The selection of the song is passed on to the band, so the other musician calls the melody and the key, and then we‘ take it and tear it up ’.
“We play and sing the melody organically, often harmonizing on the go, just as we would play a melody at a high level of bluegrass jam.
“We pass instrumental solos in the same way. Due to the wide range of general musical knowledge of the band members, the repertoire can go quite far from blues and folk.
This “beating” is a feature of “Grip It and Rip It” that is so natural for a concert like NarbEarth Day that makes the musical component enjoyable but also unique to the annual event.
To this end, the performers of “Grip It and Rip It” set an optimistic tone for the festivities in such a way that Harriton student volunteer Ava Grabar remarked: “I will be happy to attend for many years and you should be like you!”
Visit the Narbert Civic Association website https://www.narberthcivic.org/ to see photos and a list of NCA attendees, vendors and volunteer stands.