Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bicycle Powered Band “Melodeego” to Perform at Living Green & Renewable Energy Fair!

Reminder: 4th Annual Living Green & Renewable Energy Fair
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Old Town Hall, Downtown Salem
10 am – 3 pm

Wind energy and bicycle-powered generators will supply enough electricity to host Salem’s 4th annual Living Green & Renewable Energy Fair.  The fair is free to attend and will take place on Saturday, May 21st at Old Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce and Salem’s Renewable Energy Taskforce, organizers of the fair, have taken this annual “green” event to a whole new level.  The fair’s electricity use has been matched with clean and healthy wind power from Mass Energy’s New England Wind Fund and musical entertainment will be provided by Melodeego’s bicycle-powered sound system (thanks to Salem Alliance for the Environment (SAFE) sponsorship). 92.5 the River, Boston's independent and solar-powered radio station, will also be on hand entertaining the crowds.

With a custom-designed bench that has bolted-down bike frames attached to small generators, audience members can pedal roughly 100 watts of energy per person, allowing the band Melodeego to play off-the-grid.  “When I was first approached with the idea of having a bicycle powered band play at the Green Fair, I was a little skeptical.  It wasn’t until I actually listened to their music that I knew we had to do this” says Ben Bouchard, Assistant Director at the Salem Chamber of Commerce. To hear and see Melodeego in action, stop by the fair between 10 – 11 a.m.

Along with bicycle powered music, this year’s fair will feature 40+ exhibitor booths and a number of events that will offer something for the entire family.  The City of Salem Beautification Committee will host their annual Plant Sale Fundraiser offering a wide assortment of home-grown perennials, a variety of annuals and a selection of hanging baskets. Fair attendees are encouraged to bring their extra vegetable and flower seeds for swapping at the Salem Community Garden seed swap table. 

Also new to the fair is a recycling event for old and unused electronics.  Do you have a closet at home filled with old computer monitors, stereo equipment, telephones, etc. that you don’t know what to do with?  Bring it to the fair and it will be recycled according to TOXTOUR’s “Electronic Waste Code of Ethics”. The cost to recycle your electronics is $1/pound.

The Living Green Fair is free and open to the public.  Stop by Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for tips on how to live a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. The fair is sponsored by the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem State University and 92.5 the River. For the entire schedule of events and for more information visit “Living Green Fair” or call (978) 744-0004.

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