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'Mother of Earth Day Festival' at Painters

Earth Day 2012 is on Sunday, April 22.

Earth Day 2012 is on Sunday, April 22. Photo Credit: NASA/MCT

While holidays like Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day and The Fourth of July are known as times for special parties, for some Earth Day is the perfect time to rejoice. If you’re one of those Long Islanders looking to celebrate the health of the planet while getting in some crafts, dancing and live music, the art collective Long Island Creative Vortex is holding its second annual “Mother of Earth Day Festival” on Sunday, April 22 from 1 p.m.-10 p.m.

The 2011 fest took place at The Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue, but this year the bash moves to Painters in Brookhaven, and promises to have a robust schedule of attractions -- with the main attraction of a line-up of woman entertainers performing throughout the event.

The line-up includes acoustic folk artist Cassandra House, eclectic alt-pop singer Deborah Lombardi, Latin-inflected jazz act HypnoSmoothie and all-girl band Hazel Moon (with Rorie Kelly). However, while the bill is generally considered an all-female roster, an act starring some gentlemen as trip-hop group Ravalias (with a male percussionist and bass) add a special set entitled "Venus As A Boy."

In addition to the music, there will be art, crafts, activities, photography and vendors (selling Earth-friendly products and green-minded services) -- even the promise of hula hoops for hooping. Ticket price is $10, but those who carpool (two or more) receive discounted parking, while anyone arriving by bike or other self-propelled vehicle pay half-price admission.

For more details, head to facebook.com/pages/Long-Island-Creative-Vortex-Live.

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