Brooklynites celebrated Mother Earth with singing, dancing, and storytelling at Marine Park’s Salt Marsh Nature Center’s annual Earth Day celebration on April 28, six days after the official holiday.
Attendees were treated to the Native American narrative work of Roman “Redhawk” Perez, the soothing vocals of August Michael, and a variety of dance routines courtesy of the Brooklyn Dance Center, whose leader called the event a success.
“It went very well. We had about 75 people,” said Gail Kroog. “We used to get a lot of people from the neighborhood, but now we get people from all over come to celebrate.”
Kroog treated guests to a nature-inspired performance with her seven-strong dance squad, she said.
“We do a couple different dances, we do belly dancing, some contemporary dancing,” she said. “All the dances are Earth Day themed.”
Mother Earth even played a starring role in the festivities, as rain forced the celebration into the Nature Center Visitor’s Center.
“We did the event indoors because of the rain,” said Kroog. “But, it went great anyway. We had the doors open, and everyone had a good time.”