The weather was perfect and we had lots of kids and adults at our event. One woman played guitar and sang songs with the kids, and we also had some kick-butt banjo and fiddle music (clip attached below).
We had lots of informational posters attached to the trees around the picnic tables that served as the focus point, and on the table were lots of brochures (how to subscribe to green energy, lowering energy use, etc.) and flyers asking people to contact their federal officials about supporting the Waxman and Boxer/Sanders bills. We had a great graphic from World Resources Institute that showed the impact different legislative proposals would have. Our congresswoman has signed on to the Waxman bill. She couldn't be there, but she sent a nice letter that I read to the crowd. Two state reps were there, as well as our mayor and an at-large member of our town legislative council. We also had flyers urging people to contact Gov. Rell to urge her to support funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Our event was pretty informal, with lots of time for people to talk to each other. We also heard briefly from the state and local officials about steps being taken at those levels.
The kids got to make posters about some already occurring and projected changes in Connecticut due to global warming.
We had to take three different photos at intervals throughout the 90-minute event in order to get everyone who came (or almost everyone) into the picture. I'll have to send those tomorrow, as they were taken by a very good photographer who wasn't able to email me the photos by tonight.
We got some good coverage leading up to the event on radio and in print, which I'll try to attach below, but I want to send this first so I don't lose what I already wrote. We had a photographer from the main New Haven paper come and shoot photos at the event.