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Posted April 24, 2014 By Marissa DeSantis
Nine cities down, four more to go. Our Earth Day Tour has flown by, and we’re excited to wrap things up this weekend in Pittsburgh, Twin Cities, Madison, and Hackensack. If you’re volunteering in any of these cities, we look forward to meeting you.
In Hackensack, our cleanup is part of the weekend-long Earthfest in Overpeck Park. GLBC’s Sustainable Programs Director will be at the fest on Saturday, sharing information on our sustainability initiatives. Attend Saturday, and you can sign up for Sunday’s cleanup. Remember, we’re all about rewarding our volunteers!
Last weekend was a busy one, with cleanups in Chicago, Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Columbus.
In Chicago, Governor Quinn gave an address at our beach cleanup with Alliance for the Great Lakes. Volunteers got complimentary GLBC pedicab rides to the after party at Woodie’s Flat, where they enjoyed kimchi burgers and Rye of the Tiger IPA pints (sounds like a perfect pairing!)
In Raleigh, volunteers toured Raleigh City Farm’s gardens, and even though their service work was rudely interrupted by pouring rain, we still took care of everyone at Tyler’s Taproom. Dortmunder Gold and Rye of the Tiger along with some delicious farm-fresh cuisine lifted everyone’s spirits.
Clark Park was buzzing under the afternoon sun while groups of volunteers, expertly led by Fairmount Park Conservancy, planted trees, mulched, and cleaned walking trails. Philly musician Thom McCarthy brought some friends, plugged in, and entertained workers and park visitors as impromptu kickball games and foam sword fights broke out. Local 44 played host to the hard workers with a delicious buffet and multiple GLBC beers on tap.
Green Columbus is no stranger to Earth Day cleanups. We were happy to sponsor their weeklong Earth Day celebration, and add our multi-site Earth Day Tour cleanup to their impressive list of initiatives. Our volunteers collected trash and cleared debris from Glen Echo Park before partying at Fourth Street with tasty GLBC brews and food.
There’s still time to join the Columbus Earth Day celebration. Visit the GLBC booths at Columbus Commons on April 26 to purchase Commodore Perry IPA and Eliot Ness Amber Lager drafts, and to learn more about our sustainability initiatives. We’re even tapping a special firkin. Stop by and say hello!
Of course we’d be remiss if we forgot to show love to Cleveland’s Edgewater Park cleanup, which we held on April 22 (Earth Day!) Our fantastic volunteers (including plenty of GLBC staffers) gathered bags of trash along the shoreline. When we started, a thick fog obscured our view of the lake, but as we worked, the haziness lifted and the sun broke free just in time for us to head to The Happy Dog for dogs, tots, and fries. Oh, and GLBC beer of course.
There’s still time to join us on our inaugural Earth Day Tour. If you can’t, remember to upload photos of your green deeds—whether it’s gardening, picking up trash, constructing rain barrels, or recycling your favorite bottle of GLBC beer—to FriendsofGLBC.com, or Tweet them using #FriendsofGLBC. We have some cool Earth Day bandanas and other prizes to give away!