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Eco-ing A Vital Message

Today’s 2nd annual Eco-Fest flooded the Levitt Pavilion with 1,500 hungry folks.

Kids, Staples students, parents and grandparents — all were hungry for environmental information, free food, and good music.

They got it — and more.

I’m not sure which I enjoyed most:  seeing so many committed young people earnestly manning booths; the pulled pork from Bobby Q’s, or the “Pump It Up, Baby!” video by Walter Kosner, Mikey Holmes and Helen Martin Block (shown at the library) that must be the funniest look ever at septic systems.

I know what I didn’t like:  Taking an online test, and learning that if every human being on earth followed my daily habits, we’d need 2.9 planets to live on.

“That’s okay,” the student at the laptop said.  “Mine came out to 6.  But I’m trying to cut down.”

Thanks to Eco-Fest, we all have a little more knowledge about how to do it.

Darien High students Ryan Dirvin and Rahul Datta, with mentor Westporter Leo Cirino, show off the hydrogen fuel cell car they designed. "You can drink the exhaust," they claim.

Jonathan Steinberg hosts a toilet toss. Hit the target, win a prize -- and think about waste products.

Free pulled pork from Bobby Q's, pizza from Skinny Pines, cupcakes from the Staples culinary department, Newman's Own drinks -- and of course, compostable cups.

Violinist Jeff Cheng and guitarist/vocalist Max Stampa-Brown -- 2 of the many musical acts at EcoFest 2.

EcoFest: The Sequel

Last year’s inaugural EcoFest was a smash.

Lured by great weather, good music and plenty of food — and the warm feeling of learning how to do right by Mother Earth — an unexpectedly large crowd gathered at Levitt Pavilion for an afternoon of environmentally correct fun.

Information, and reusable water bottles, at EcoFest 2009.

The 2nd annual EcoFest is set for this Saturday, again at the Levitt.  The sponsors — Staples’ Club Green and Westport’s Green Village Initiative — have gathered over 30 exhibitors — and added a few twists.

Once again there’s free (!) food — but this time Bobby Q’s will serve pork raised by local farms, and Skinny Pines Pizza‘s offerings will be all local and organic (with fully biodegradable tableware, cutlery and cups made from plants).

If you bring your own water bottle, the drinks are free.

The 12:30-2:30 time slot is geared specifically to youngsters and their families, with plenty of kids’ activities.

The music kicks off at around 2:30 — that’s when the high school and college crowds are expected.

The surprise hit last year was Staples student Glenn Friedman’s circus bus, which he’d converted to run on waste vegetable oil.

No word yet on what this Saturday’s EcoFest will unveil.

But there’s always something new under the sun.