Second Annual EcoBuilding BBQ!

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

EcoBuilding Bargains is hosting its annual public barbeque to celebrate spring and reusing and upcycling materials next Saturday, May 20 from 12:00-2:30pm! This free event will feature a multitude of family fun activities, such as composting and reuse workshops, along with live upcycling and composting demonstrations and crafts for kids. Participants can also enjoy free food from the Holyoke Hummus Company while listening to music provided by local DJ Kevin Legends.

Join us in learning from salvage craftsman, Palo Coleman who is returning for a second time to the EcoBuilding Barbeque for a live demonstration of the Japanese charred wood technique of coloring, finishing and preserving siding. Coleman is a talented salvage craftsman based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who specializes in turning reclaimed materials, such as trees, industrial machinery and old furniture, into useable, aesthetically pleasing items. Coleman will be joined by Joe Rosatti, an experienced local upcycler and frequent customer at EcoBuilding Bargains. Rosatti will demonstrate how to upcycle an old bureau into a new piece of furniture.

Come meet our red wiggler worms! CET’s outreach specialist, Ed Rutledge, will give vermicomposting demonstrations throughout the day. He will show how to create a simple compost bin and explain how the worms help turn food waste into productive, finished compost. This event will also have family-friendly projects at the kid crafts table. Attendees can learn how to transform tiles into coasters and decorate bricks to display in the garden.

The local Holyoke Hummus Company food truck will be providing free Mediterranean food for all guests and DJ Kevin Legends will be playing music throughout the event. EcoBuilding Bargains is excited to partner with local members of the community to promote reuse and sustainability in Springfield.

EcoBuilding Bargains, a non-profit enterprise of the Center for EcoTechnology, has served the local community for 15 years, initially as the ReStore Home Improvement Center. EcoBuilding Bargains is the largest reused building materials store in New England. It collects donated materials from across the region and sells these at bargain prices. Each year, EcoBuilding Bargains diverts about 500 tons of materials from landfills.

Check out our Facebook event for more information. We hope to see you there!

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