Friends teams up with Bigtop Chautauqua to celebrate Earth Day and the Islands


Big ideas can change the world. In 1970, Gaylord Nelson saw two of his big ideas do just that. On April 22, 1970 Nelson’s dream of a world-wide celebration of the earth blossomed into the first Earth Day, an event that drew over 20 million people in its first year and has grown into a cultural phenomenon that now engages close to a billion people annually in 192 countries across the globe. Then, on September 26, 1970, another of Gaylord Nelson’s ideas became a reality with the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

These Islands - Bob Jauch photo
These Islands – Bob Jauch photo

Friends of the Apostle Islands is teaming up with Bigtop Chautauqua to celebrate both those big ideas. So, cue the stage lights, strike up the band, or at least tune in at 7 pm on Friday, April 23rd for a Tiny Tent Show celebration of Earth Day and the Islands with Bigtop Chautauqua and Friends of the Apostle Islands. 

“There used to be a popular bumpersticker: Think Globally/Act Locally,” says Jeff Rennicke, Executive Director of Friends. “With these big ideas, Gaylord Nelson did both. Earth Day changed the way we see and celebrate the globe and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ensures that there will be at least a small local corner of that globe preserved for all of us who appreciate its beauty.” 

The special presentation will air at 7 pm on Friday, April 23rd on Facebook and YouTube and will feature an interview with Friends Executive Director Jeff Rennicke, a presentation on the Dark Sky Lighthouse photography project presented by photographer Mark Weller, and a breathtaking display of Apostle Islands photography set to original music composed by the Bigtop’s own Ed Willett. 

Think globally by celebrating Earth Day. Act locally by supporting Friends of the Apostle Islands. Do both by tuning into this special presentation of “Tiny Tent Show” on Friday, April 23rd at 7 pm. Here’s a link to the event on Facebook:

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