BENNINGTON — In honor of Earth Day, the first All Species Day community event will be held on April 23 with special guest Karenna Gore, director for the Center of Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.

This free event will offer live music, environmental activism and educational workshops, food, an on-site mural, informational tables and other engaging activities from various non-profit organizations and local groups.

Three Mount Anthony High School students have been awarded for creating the best promotional artwork for the event. Sophomore Ashley Billert, senior Kelsey Sherman and senior Thomas Musinski are enrolled in Barbara Ackerman's graphic design course and generated posters to incorporate the event details, renditions of Mount Anthony, The Monument, The Walloomsac River, animals and humans.

The chosen poster displays the Bennington Monument in the middle with an eagle flying in front of it and silhouette figures of people at the base looking up. The first place winner of the contest received $150, $100 for second place and $50 for third place with honorable mention. They'll also have the opportunity to dine with Gore at Southern Vermont College during her visit.

The event is made possible by the Bennington Inter-faith Council, Southern Vermont College, Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center, Bennington350.org, Bank of Bennington, Cake Gallery, Holy Cow, Bringing You Vermont, Humanity in Concert, and Heart of Matter.


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Gore previously worked as a lawyer and the Director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children, according to the Center for Earth Ethics website. She also wrote "Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America." The activist received a master's degree in social ethics from Union Theological Seminary, a juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School, and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.

The schedule for the day is as follows, according to the event's Facebook page:

1 p.m. – Cornerstone Worship Team

1:45 p.m. – Ben Mackin

2 p.m. – Wicked Hangin Chads

3 p.m. – Special Guest Speaker - Karenna Gore

3:30 p.m. – Rebel Alliance

4:15 p.m. – Immune Friction

4:45 p.m. – Olsen and Bartholdi

5 p.m. – Krista Speroni & Friends

5:30 p.m. v Hale Mountain Pickers

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Southern Vermont College special dinner with Gore at the Everett Mansion.

Afterward, Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza will host additional entertainment from 8:30 p.m. until midnight with SKA and reggae bands Wicked Hangin Chads and Rebel Alliance. It cost $20 to attend with a veteran and student discount for $15. For more information, visit the All Species Day Facebook page.

Kelsey Sherman, a senior at Mount Anthony High School, created a poster to promote the All Species Day event sponsored by the Greater Bennington Peace and
Kelsey Sherman, a senior at Mount Anthony High School, created a poster to promote the All Species Day event sponsored by the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center. (makayla mcgeeney—bennington banner)

If you go

Who: Bennington county community and Karenna Gore.

What: All Species Day – Environmental workshops, food, music and informational tables will be present.

When: April 23, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: TD parking lot and Hart lot at 520 Main St. in Bennington.

Why: To celebrate Earth Day and promote sustainability.

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.