by Joy Gipson
TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Co-op in Trinidad hosted a block party on April 23 to celebrate Earth Day, which is a world wide annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection of the planet. April 22 is officially Earth Day, and is celebrated in more than 193 countries. It was first celebrated in 1970.
Trinidad’s Co-op store is located at 200 Elm street, which was closed to traffic for the afternoon. Booths lined the street boasting colorful tie dye tee-shirts blowing in the wind like bright colored flags. There were home baked sweets for sale, and handmade soaps that looked like pie and cake that made your mouth water. A food truck offered both vegetarian or Elk chili and smothered burritos. Some children rode scooters and tricycles around booths that offered seedling plants and handmade jewelry, while others lent a hand to create a portable mural. Local artist John Raggio set up his pottery wheel to demonstrate how to throw a pot, and gave would-be potters a chance to experience the feel of the clay and try their hand at making a small bowl.
It was a blustery day; the wind was relentless, but everybody’s tent stayed intact while a band from Huerfano county, “Good Stone,” entertained us with a little reggae, a little rock ‘n roll, and a lot of their original music. Guitarist Buff Bernal said, “Our music is about the celebration of life, our community, and the Earth.”
Earth Day transcends cultures, languages, and traditions. Every day should be Earth Day. Without the Earth, where would we be?