Wilton Go Green plans its environmental festival

The Steering Committee for the 2013 Wilton Go Green Festival is in full swing enlisting exhibitors, signing corporate sponsors, attracting musical talent, collecting items for its silent auction — including a family summer membership at the Wilton Y — and managing the endless details involved in orchestrating an event of this quality and size that is expected to draw close to 1,000 people.

Scheduled for Sunday, May 5, from 11 to 4, the festival will sprawl between the Town Green and the Wilton Library. Deloitte has signed on early as a festival sponsor of Wilton Go Green’s flagship event. This year’s festival is also sponsored by Energize Connecticut with funding provided by the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority through a Community Innovations Grant.

Arthur Lipner and his band Wilton Steel will be joined by other musicians to provide live entertainment throughout the day. Back by popular demand, Skinny Pines Pizza will fire up their brick oven and create original pies from locally grown ingredients.

The ever-popular giant Earth Balloon, sponsored by Deloitte, will also return this year to enhance visitors’ understanding of recycling, conservation and sustainability. The balloon’s Green Earth program will offer interactive educational experiences and engaging, inquiry-based learning.

Other highlights include:

• Vegetable plants for sale by Wilton High School direct from its organic garden;

• Handmade clothing, jewelry, purses and other gifts from Southern Yankee;

• Nod Hill Soap’s handmade bath and body products;

• Crafts and games for children;

• Information on incentives for home energy audits and solar installation;

• The latest electric and hybrid vehicles.

Anyone interested in volunteering for a few hours during the event should email info@wiltongogreen.org.

Wilton Go Green is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to engage the community in initiatives that advance a culture of conservation and educate residents, schools, and businesses about best practices in building, energy, food, transportation and waste/recycling to drive responsible stewardship of air, land, water, wildlife and other natural resources; thereby promoting and supporting efforts by the town of Wilton and other Wilton organizations to achieve environmental sustainability. Wilton Go Green is governed by a board comprised of 15 community volunteers. For additional information about the organization and programs, visit wiltongogreen.org.