Posted: May 8, 2012

The 1st Annual St. Mark’s Sustainability Fair was held this past Sunday, May 6, on the School’s Sustainability Meadow, at the corner of Main Street and Rt 85. The event featured a wide range of exhibits, including an environmentally safe car, displays of recycled manufacturing and solar power, and an abundance of plants and animals. There was face painting for the younger kids, food for the hungry, and music provided by a lineup of students, faculty, staff, and special guests.

Even with the Walk for Hunger taking away a multitude of St. Markers, the Festival was well-attended. Not only were St. Mark’s students, faculty, and families there, but local Southborough residents and visitors from the Fay School also checked out what was going on.

“I was very pleased how it turned out given that it was the first year,” commented the School’s Environmental Sustainability Coordinator (and science teacher) Sarah Griscom. “If only the sun was out earlier in the day! Still, the weather was generally cooperative, and there were no real complaints. Griscom was particularly pleased with the involvement of so many from St. Mark’s. “Students, faculty and friends, many thanks for all of your help!” she declared. “Thank you ALL so much for participating in the first annual St. Mark's Sustainability Fair.”

The entertainment also brought out the crowds. “The music was truly the crown on the day and made it feel like a community event – the support of the musicians was the glue that sewed all the disparate parts together. I greatly appreciated everyone getting up there and sharing their powerful talents!”

Among those “powerful talents” was award-winning local singer-songwriter Beth DeSombre, who also happens to be the Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at nearby Wellesley College. “I work on international environmental politics and law, with a focus on issues of the global commons,” she says of her job. Her calling, however, is music, and she shared a half-dozen of her songs with the Festival crowd on Sunday, including two about environmental issues. “It was a wonderful day,” said DeSombre. “I truly hope that there will be a 2nd Annual Sustainability Fair at St. Mark’s. I know it will be even better than the first.”

The well-supported event's venue was doubly significant. Not only is that the field the School's Sustainability Meadow, but it was also the site of the very first St. Mark's School campus almost 150 years ago.