Tuesday, June 14, 2011

#204: EcoFest at Howard Park

Another guest post! And this one is from a longtime friend and perhaps the original 365 South Bend fan.  She's been around since our amateur days when we only talked incessantly about our adventures, instead of actually writing about them.  Since this Saturday and Sunday are busting-at-the-seams with events, we're starting the weekend a little bit early with a preview post on EcoFest.  Comment on this post or write on our Facebook wall with more events going on this weekend!

I work here in South Bend at a place bustling with activity, and it's easy to get bogged down by the constant barrage of events and fairs happening in Michiana, especially in the summertime. But I wanted to post to alert readers to Ecofest, an event slated for Saturday, June 18, from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in Howard Park.

"Not another green event," you say. (I can hear you groaning. No, really.) But Downtown South Bend isn't throwing another informational fair to give the same old reduce-reuse-recycle speech. To embrace a more holistic understanding of global stewardship, the city is trying to spread the message that "green" isn't all about paper and plastic but about living better. Whether that means shopping at the Farmer's Market, where you can learn the difference between a cucumber and a pickle from the farmer who grows them (They're not the same vegetable! I asked!); or riding a bicycle to work because you're tired of road construction; or listening to music in the park instead of watching television, "green" is a pretty sweet idea.

So come on over to Howard Park, see how high the river has risen, enjoy some live music, climb a rock wall, watch a professional bicycle race, and check out all the exhibits with tips and ideas for living greener. We'll try to surprise you, I promise.

Here are the details again:

Where: Howard Park, South Bend
When: Saturday June 18, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Tip: Come ready to shop and score some great swag.  Local organizations and businesses bring great items available for sale... or even for free.


  1. Downtown South Bend today became a bit greener on Saturday as a festival that promoted a more sustainable future was held in Howard Park.

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