Go Green! Greenpoint Festival comes to McCarren Park
by Andrew Shilling
May 22, 2013 | 5869 views | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brooklyn Science and Art Museum's Ooblek Pop-up Museum Exhibit (Photo: Maryam Zaringhalam)
Brooklyn Science and Art Museum's Ooblek Pop-up Museum Exhibit (Photo: Maryam Zaringhalam)
Organic shopkeepers, educators, food vendors and city environmental agencies set up in McCarren Park’s Vincent Abate Playground last Saturday, May 18, for the 6th Annual Go Green! Greenpoint Earth Day festival.

Despite the rainclouds and light rain over the weekend, which caused the North Brooklyn organizers at Town Square to originally reschedule the celebration from the weekend prior, the community still provided a vibrant turnout.

“Rain aside, I thought it was wonderful, “ said Susan Anderson, chairperson at Town Square. “It was a very nice mix with the community, the companies that were doing educational displays, the companies who were selling, the artisans, the crafters and of course our super-cool museum.”

The Brooklyn Science and Art Museum successfully held their first pop-up event to begin spreading the word of their initiative for a full-scale museum in Brooklyn.

Their display included an Oobleck tub and workshop on the basketball courts, where kids could play and learn about the properties of the slimy green substance, inspired by the Dr. Seuss book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

“The Oobleck display was a huge hit, and the kids were running though it all day long,” she said.

Celine Choi, owner and creator of the unique doll-making company Celine’s Dolls, reuses merino-wool felt, French and Japanese cotton fabric, and hypoallergenic fiberfill, as well as beads and buttons from her own wardrobe to create one-of-a-kind dolls.

“People send me the picture of their kids, grandma and aunty and I make their mini versions,” Choi explained. “It started when a little girl was asking me for a pink princess, and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to continue doing it.”

As a Williamsburg resident, Choi joined the festival to not only support her friends at Town Square, but to also connect with the neighborhood.

“I think that buying local from local artists goes with that theme of not having to ship things, and I’m getting things done in this place,” she said. “For me I wanted to do this because it’s my community.”

Selling gift cards made with reused paper and baby clothing, HycCreative Letterpress set up at the festival to take advantage of the open market style atmosphere and spread the eco friendly word in the neighborhood.

“I just like my footprint to be as small as possible,” said Dawn Lucas, owner of the Williamsburg-based card company. “I didn’t want fumes and printing chemicals. Everything is eco-friendly.”

Lucas was at the festival three years ago, and says this year at the playground was a success.

“There was good food, good vibe and good music,” she said. “Our stuff is kid friendly so it’s nice that we’re close to the playground.”

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