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Earth Hour 2013: 2 Tarrytown restaurants to unplug at 8:30 p.m. Saturday
Here’s something new for Saturday night….how about Earth Hour? To celebrate, candle-bearing sustainable romantics will be unplugging from unnecessary electrical devices in a show of support for the planet.
The world’s seventh annual Earth Hour runs today from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. And in Tarrytown, two restaurants have decided to join in by serving dinner only by candlelight during those 60 special minutes, said Rachel Tieger, a member of the Tarrytown Environmental Action Council.
“It's a token effort just to heighten awareness,” Tieger said. “It would make customers think…They have this pleasant experience at the restaurant and there's no reason they can't recreate a more calm and peaceful life at home.”
So at 8:30 p.m., Tarrytown’s first annual Earth Hour will hopefully bring a super-romantic mood to dinner served at two popular Main Street restaurants that are part of the growing farm-to-table food movement: Chiboust and Sweet Grass Grill.
Both participating restaurants will keep the electricity on in their kitchens and restrooms as Earth Hour promotes turning off unnecessary light.
Tieger said she approached a third restaurant but the owner said turning off the dining room lights would be “tough” during the weekend prime time.
Even though Earth Hour started on March 31, 2007, the council only heard about it on Thursday night from an email blast, Teiger said. So this evening is a grand experiment, she added.
The nine-member council, which advises the village on environmental matters, had originally thought to publicize its latest green initiative with residents but then, she said, “We figured that if we got businesses involved, it would have more of an impact.”
According to the EarthHour.org website, the movement started in Australia and is always held toward the end of March around the time of the spring and autumn equinoxes in the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
During the hour, the organizers encourage the use of 100 percent beeswax or soy candles, which are smoke-free and nontoxic.