For those of you who missed it, Earth Day NWA kicked things off with a bang when we held our 2nd Annual B-Earth Day Party at Matt Miller Studio on Thursday, April 5. Around 200 people showed up during the four-hour event. Mikel Lolley, chairman of Earth Day NWA, felt the event went well.
“The 2nd annual B-Earth Day Party was a smash,” said Lolley. “We saw exponential growth over last year’s event. It sounded like a B-Earth Day Party. Smelled like a B-Earth Day Party. Tasted like a B-Earth Day Party. By golly, I think it was indeed a B-Earth Day Party for Planet Earth. I am thrilled to see what growth we will see towards next year’s event.”
Last year, the B-Earth Day Party was held at East Square Plaza. The space felt impersonal, and lacked the intimacy we were wanted for this year’s event. Matt Miller Studio worked out perfectly. Lolley added, “Furthermore, [Matt’s] energy is epic and I like working and collaborating with people who’s energy level and enthusiasm is infectious. Matt Miller definitely is high-energy and made it just so much more fun.”
Initially, the ECO-ArtEggs were going to be auctioned off, but Lolley decided to hold off until the ECO-Awards on May 14 from 6-10pm.
He said, “The ECO-ArtEggs were just so tremendous that we decided via executive decision between me, Chad Wilson and my wife Julie that it would be a disservice to the artists to auction them off that night, but instead share them w/ the community and maintain the Silent ECO-ArtAuction thru-out the 40 Days and 40 Nights of Re:B-Earth 2.0 and action them off at the ECO-Awards Party.”
The party was a lot of fun. Snake Eyes & the Bug Band kept the people moving and shaking with their unique brand of zydeco. Guests drank beer and wine and dined on hors d’oeuvres and Earth Day Birthday Cake. Lolley felt one event stood out more than the others.
“Singing Happy B-Earth Day to planet Earth was the highlight of my night,” said Lolley. “I get sort of weepy just thinking about this demonstration of reverence for our host planet that we have so utterly taken for granted. There is no other, and we may find ourselves looking back with the deepest remorseful regret for the damage done, the quality of life so compromised, the toll on other living organisms that we had better learn so share with.”
(Photos courtesy of Hogue Motion Photography)