Tonawanda News

August 5, 2013

VUKCEVICH: Artfest theme goes green

By Marija Vukcevich
The Tonawanda News

— What would some of our most enduring portraits of summer be without the Lewiston Art Festival!

This year the theme is “Go Green!”  The Lewiston Arts Council, inspired by a reverence for nature and the environment, is partnering with Modern Recycling to lighten the festival’s environmental impact.

The 47th Annual Lewiston Art Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday on Center Street in the village.

This show stopping event continues to radiate color and charisma, and presently youngsters from Artpark summer camp have painted trash cans that will be used for recycling efforts, which will be located throughout the festival. The almost two dozen bins will also be recycled, stored after the festival at Modern Landfill and made available for community groups to use at other events.

Expanding efforts to recycle and compost in a partnership with Modern Recycling, all food and drink vendors will be required to use products that can be composted for recycling.

 “Green Team” volunteers will assist the public in proper disposal of trash,  and volunteers are welcome in all facets of the festival.  This event has been upheld, polished and historically presented to generations of residents and visitors to this small but sophisticated town.  A tangible sense of security, tradition and values, and perhaps most important, a sense of belonging unlike any other, is the theme.

How interesting is the comparison of our pristine village to perhaps New York City and its history of trash collection. Here are some trash facts:

• In 1644, the year the first garbage law was enacted in Dutch-controlled Fort Amsterdam.  It banned soldiers and other residents from discarding filth and ashes within the fort.

• Six miles! That’s the distance offshore from which sailors say they can smell NYC in the 1840’s.

• They say 36 percent of trash New Yorkers throw away is estimated to be recyclable.  The most common items found in city garbage, according to anthropologist of discard studies Robin Nagle:  Textiles, food waste, hard plastics and dry-cleaner bags.

 • The average American is said to generate 4.4 pounds of garbage daily. 

• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sanitation workers have the nation’s fourth most dangerous job, ranking behind only fishermen, loggers, and pilots.

• Old wives in Western New York agree:  You can quell just about any stink by lining the bottom of your garbage can with one of those tried-and-true nostril savers:  One cup baking soda plus one teaspoon tea-tree oil.  Or, used dryer sheets; or pulverized lumps of charcoal.  Or Kitty litter.

Hopefully, the sun will be shining, the wind calm next weekend and the only thing on anyone’s schedule will be to visit the 47th Annual Lewiston Art Festival. Do volunteer in any capacity by calling 754-0166 for openings.

This frothy Italian fruit drink smoothie can be made with any type of fresh or frozen berries. Use it to toast Mayor Terry Collesano and the village fathers who have issued a proclamation declaring next weekend “The Art of Green Weekend”.

Berry and Banana Frullato

1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or diced strawberries)

1 cup low-fat milk

1 cup ice cubes

1/2 large banana, peeled, sliced

1 tablespoon maple syrup

Fresh raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries for garnish 

Combine first four ingredients in blender. Add one tablespoon maple syrup and blend until smooth, adding more maple syrup to taste, if desired. Pour smoothie into two glasses. Top each smoothie with berries and serve.

My Sept. 1 column will feature the Niagara County Peach Festival on Sept. 6 - 8.

Marija Vukcevich is a free-lance writer from Lewiston.