Thursday, May 2, 2013

Earth Day Festival in Grandin Village

Grandin Village is a little part of Roanoke that is near and dear to my heart, because as a kid I lived in that area and used to ride my bike down to watch movies at the Grandin Theatre (which was a dollar theatre back then) and buy candy at the Revco drugstore.  Today, it is still a thriving part of Roanoke, and each year it hosts an Earth Day festival.
 
There were snakes to examine.

Art to draw...

Vikings.  I'm not sure what Vikings have to do with Earth Day.  Ideas?

A hoola hoop area, along with bouncy houses.

Cars with wind mills

Cars with electricity.

And of course, plenty of veggies and fruits for sale.
Always one of my favorite Roanoke festivals.  Readers, do you have a favorite festival where you live?

34 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

It looks like a wonderful idea although I've no idea what a Viking has to do with it, other than look striking.

I used to enjoy going to the Covered Bridge festival but haven't been for a very long time. Perhaps I should change that this year.

andy said...

Look like fun !!!!!! Hope you enjoy your day !

My Journey With Candida said...

I have just started looking for my plants for in my garden this year. I am having a heck of a time finding peppermint seeds. I finally found a plant and put it in the ground yesteday.

Earth Day looks like something I would very much enjoy.

Buttons said...

Oh Lisa that looks like fun I am intrigued with the Viking myself now.
I love any festivals but the one I love is one in Hamilton Ontario it is called the Super Crawl Art Festival and it is blocks and blocks of artists and their work. I hope to go again this year. I love seeing what an artist has in his head and transforms for all to see. Great shots Lisa. B

JDaniel4's Mom said...

JDanie was just asking what Viking were yesterday. He needed to go to this festival and ask them.

Monkeywrangler said...

The Viking looks like the best part of the festival!

Rose said...

Looks fun!

We LOVE the Florida Strawberry Festival! It's oodles of fun. Only down side is there is WAY too many people there like 10X more than Disney :O

Thanks for sharing!
Rose

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The crawfish festival used to be my favorite, but it's too hot to enjoy when they hold it at the end of May. I have no idea why a Viking is part of Earth Day.:/ Nice pics though!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Looks like a fun time!

mail4rosey said...

The viking must just be for fun. :)

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

That looks like it was a blast! I'm not sure of the connection between Vikings and Earth Day . . . if you figure it out, let us know.

Livie and I always love going to the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market. Very festive, and has large crowds, music, food, etc.

Ginny said...

This looks like fun! I love the "windmill powered" car! The Vikings seem SO weird!! Maybe they were the roaming villains because they plundered the earth?

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I had to laugh at the viking! Not sure how he fits in with Earth Day, but oh well haha.

Looks like a fun festival. We don't have one like that here but I wish we did!

Michael Manning said...

The Viking was funny! The kids looked excited by the exhibits.

Betsy Adams said...

Not sure what a Viking has to do with Earth Day ---but maybe, he was there for entertainment for the kids... Festivals where kids can get an education are so important. Glad you went.

We don't do festivals anymore --but did when the kids were little.

Hugs,
Betsy

Nancy Claeys said...

Our Gateway to the West Celebration is in early summer -- and always lots to see, eat and photo. The weather looks marvelous for a day out with the boys.

TexWisGirl said...

too cute.

Valerie said...

A Viking at an earth day celebration seems like something you'd see on Monty Python! I also wonder why he was there!

If I was a kid it would would be hard to resist all of the fun activities-and as a grownup I'd go crazy buying plants!

Our farmer's market started up last weekend-it's always fun to go too!

Sally Crowe said...

That sounds like a fun day! We used to go to the Blueberry Festival every year or so.

You always find fun things to do! :)

xoxo

A Quiet Corner said...

Grandin Road was always one of my favorite branches when I was an Ops Consultant for the bank, Baby Girl. One year there was a robbery there and thanks to a few of the locals, they caught him, pinned him down until the PD arrived!!!...:)JP

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Looks like a neat festival. We really need to explore Roanoke more. It's just an hour away.

Altavista has the Uncle Billy's Day festival in late spring every year. This year it's May 31-June 1. Lots of craft vendors, food, music, animals, carnival, car show, beer garden, etc.

Grandma Bonnie said...

We have The Cold Creek festival in our area. I always enjoy the games day for the children. They close the main street and have all sorts of games like sack races, and a bed race where the kids push beds on wheels down the street.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

My grandparents live right off of memorial near the fire station so I used to go there as a kid. Now my art buddy greg osterhaus lives near grandin so I get over there once in awhile. If I had to live in town that would be high on my list of places.

Michelle said...

Although we live close to the famous Bourbon Trail of KY, our town celebrates all things cow in September each year. Crazy!

Willow said...

Fun and exciting family day !

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm not sure that I know the festivals in my area yet, but in my hometown there is an annual art festival which is crazy wonderful!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think it was a very fun day!
love
tweedles

Linda said...

Cool photos! Love the Viking costume.

Maple Lane said...

Looks like great fun. We always enjoy the Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Festival in Blue Ridge GA.

SweetMarie said...

Looks like fun for the boys. I hope they're not wanting a snake! yuck! lol

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Looks like a lot of fun! My fave is CHEESEfest. You cannot go wrong with cheese.

alissa apel said...

That looks like a wonderful event!

Chatty Crone said...

Happy belated earth day. sandie

Jill said...

I can sure see why it's a favorite of yours!