Green Drinks Gainesville First Anniversary!!!

Posted by Trish Riley, November 18, 2009

img_ftrd_greendrinksGreen Drinks Anniversary Party at Indigo, Dec. 2, 6 – 8pm, 322 SW 4th Ave.

I can hardly believe that our December meeting will mark one year of Green Drinks Gainesville meetings, can you? We’ve gone from three guests at our first meeting to as many as 60 (thank you, Brave Space Design!). We’ve had intimate discussions about our efforts to help make our community more sustainable, and we’ve had great green networking sessions. I’ve been thinking about all of the cool things that have evolved from Green Drinks, and about what’s next for us. I hope you’ll think about this and bring your thoughts to our next meeting, our first anniversary celebration (feel free to bring pink – or green – champagne, too!).

We’ve been invited to Indigo, where co-proprietor Michael Amish will tell us about techniques for rainwater harvesting:

INDIGO opened its doors two-and-a-half years ago in the summer of 2007 to bring to North Central Florida the growing abundance of green building information and materials now available.  Beyond the material research to find which products would be both practical and marketable in our region, INDIGO holds all of its materials to scrutiny that they are truly sustainable products.

“I will be talking about some of the efforts that we have made around here concerning rainwater harvesting.  Since our inception, we have been holding workshops on 55-gallon rainbarrel making using galvanized steel and brass fittings and food-grade pickle-barrels as well as selling completed kits.  We have also installed a 1600-gallon cistern with a solar panel charger which waters all of our landscaping.  Although we have not endeavored to create systems which would collect rainwater for potable water use, we can discuss some of the ways that this has been achieved. (Get your rain barrel Nov. 21!)

“We will also be raffling-off a beautiful custom-made concrete sink created by Casting Impressions of Ocala, so bring your business cards!

Terranova Catering will provide an optional dinner ($7) and drinks:

“Watermelon skewers on 3″ bamboo with fresh orange and mint garnish
Avocado, Fresh Corn, Black Beans, Sweet Cherry Tomatoes and Scallions tossed with a Lime Vinaigrette and cracked pepper
Tabbouleh Salad: Traditional Cracked Wheat Salad with Fresh Cucumber, Tomato and Mint”

Come enjoy the evening with us, bring your cups, name tags, ideas, cards and friends! Pass the word….

Trish Riley

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