October 25, 2014

Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

 

By Katie Dalsemer

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

Lissie and Eric SoulLivin' rocked out on the Big Stage on Sunday.

Topanga Earth Day celebrated its 15th anniversary on April 19 and 20 with its maiden voyage at the Old Canyon Ranch as its new venue.

Maybe it was due to it being at an unplanned smaller venue than last year, but the festival just seemed more intimate and down-home and, as some people remarked, “how Topanga used to be”.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

Like something out of “Game of Thrones,” this dragon (billed as “the ultimate party animal”) is actually a woodburning pizza oven manned by chef Ray Cirino.

Walking on light-dappled paths under the sprawling oaks you never knew what surprises lay in store.

Creativity reigned supreme. Whether you wanted to buy art, eat tasty, colorful veggie fare or sit in a shady pocket listening to great bands, there was something for everybody.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

What would Earth Day be without our very own Topanga Peace Alliance? (L-R) David Troy, Nuria Ciofalo, AnitaMerrill and Dennis King.

And, of course, because it was Earth Day there were many great causes. Most people who had booths weren’t pushy about their points of view. They were just ready with a smile and friendly chat if you wanted to know more about what’s near and dear to their hearts.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

The earth-friendly message of Mick Flaum from Share International was clear.

It was about global awareness as much as self-awareness; feeding your belly but also your mind and soul; and being a participant in the dance of life and not just as an outside observer.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

The Dead Gypsies filled the Mountain View Talkhouse at Old Canyon Ranch with their sweet melodies.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

George Keossaian (L) and Bryan Spangle (R)with their company,Organic Solution, which sells plant fertilizer based on the castings of millions of earthworms that are fed a controlled proprietary diet.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

AstariusMiraculli performed the unique art of didgeridoo soul healing.



By Flavia Potenza

On Saturday morning, early birds came to start the day with an hour of beginners yoga led by Sibyl Buck.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

People blissed out during Saturday’s flag ceremony while chanting, “May peace prevail upon the Earth.”

The Opening Ceremony officially started the weekend festivities and included prayers and the Four Directions conducted by Kat High of Chumash Nation; Pledge to the Earth led by Charles Berez; followed by the “May Peace Prevail on Earth” flag ceremony.

Until 9 p.m., a great variety of bands played while some guests sat in the amphitheatre to listen and others wandered through the vendors’ booths. The evening ended with Hani Naser’s band.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

From left, Elsie May and Jen Jensen twirl their “electric hoops” at Earth Day.

Sunday began with Yoga led by Michelle Broussard, followed by children’s performers and the day’s bands wrapping up the weekend with Leon Mobley & Da Lion leading into the closing ceremony drum circle, “Drum Dance Pray,” the World Flag Ceremony and closing prayers with Clytie Rose Lane.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

From left, Dinah Englund and Tom Vogel of the Topanga Candle Company display their unique and beautiful wares made from ‘found’ objects.

While many residents were concerned about potential traffic congestion along the narrow Old Topanga Canyon Road, it was managed well with free shuttle service in the Rasta Bus or Natural Limo that took guests from shuttle locations throughout the Canyon to the event.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

Fromleft, Brad Childswith Pedro Carter demonstrating a ‘crank’blender that uses no electricity. Childs also showed off a hand-cranked flashlight that never wears out.

While drivers were admonished not to park along Old Topanga Canyon Road and always inside the white lines there and on the Boulevard, CHP did ticket some cars and a couple of others were towed.

TOPANGA CREEK EARTH DAY CLEAN UP

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

Livia Corabi shows off her face painting.

Earth Day was also celebrated by The Watershed Stewards Project (WSP) and Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) who hosted the Topanga Creek Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday.

Chamber board members Julia Swanson and Joseph Rosendo and other volunteers did their part by walking the Boulevard and removing 100 pounds of trash that had accumulated along the banks of the creek and roadside.

Meanwhile, WSP volunteers got down and dirty as they removed non-native arundo and euphorbia at the Rodeo Grounds in lower Topanga to advance the restoration of the 12-acre floodplain and creek channel.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

Fantuzzi Rainbow Spirit, universal lover, sang Reggae music during the Earth Day weekend at Old Canyon Ranch.

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

Mary Delorenzo,“Love Child.”

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Topanga Earth Day at Old Canyon Ranch

Volunteer firefighter Ken Widen with his solar cooker shows how to fry an egg.