Art, Environment and a Giant Globe Draw Hundreds to 2017 Going Green Matters Fair
March 13, 2017
By Kathy Routliffe
More than a thousand people visited, volunteered, exhibited and otherwise experienced the 2017 Going Green Matters environmental fair on Sunday, undeterred by cold weather and lured by the possibility of seeing their world from the inside, a fair organizer said Monday.
Many of the 1,200 people who came through the doors of the Michigan Shores Club as participants or visitors included families with children, said Beth Drucker, president of the Go Green Wilmette environmental advocacy group.
“We had a lot of participation and it seems like we had more families come out this year,” Drucker said.
Go Green Wilmette and the Village of Wilmette presented the fair for the eleventh year.
One of the big draws was the GeoSphere, brought in by the Geographic Society of Chicago, she said. The sphere is a 20-foot-tall walk-in globe used as an educational tool by the society, “and it was really popular. There were another 15 to 22 people going in for the tour, every 15 minutes, for four solid hours,” she said.
The “Environmental Graphiti” exhibit by Chicago-based artist Alisa Singer was also popular, Drucker said. The 12-piece show combines art and environmental data to illustrate environmental issues in a new way, Go Green Wilmette vice-president Margaret Martin-Heaton said earlier this month.
“The exhibit was awesome,” Drucker said. “I wish we could have had all 50 of her pieces on display, instead of the 12 we had.”
Drucker lauded sponsors who provided donations and in-kind help to power the fair: “A critical part of what we present is that you don’t have to pay to get in. We absolutely couldn’t do it without sponsors.”
She also praised dozens of exhibitors, including students from New Trier Township High School District, Central School in Wilmette and Oakton Community College. Area businesses, organizations such as the village, Wilmette Park District, the Wilmette Public Library, and community church, garden and Boy Scout groups also set up displays at Michigan Shores, according to the Going Green Matters website.
The fair also showcased exhibits from groups such as the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy of Illinois, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, and the Illinois Environmental Council, Drucker said.