For a Weller Lowell

Chris and I are about to head back to the Midwest for a visit, but before we go, I wanted to write up a fun event we went to last week. Despite the rain, the LoWellness Festival was still on, and we got to check out demonstrations, dancing, and have some lovely chitchat with various Lowell organizations and businesses. Here are a few highlights:

Mill City Grows was there demonstrating container gardening and handing out teeny basil plants.

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A row of enthusiastic tablers, with Mill City Grows up front.

A demonstration of container gardening. A lucky raffle winner got to take a bucket of growing herbs home with them.

A demonstration of container gardening. A lucky raffle winner got to take a bucket of growing herbs home with them.

Stop and Shop's Julie Menounos demonstrating (and distributing) healthy quesadillas. Yum!

Stop and Shop’s nutritionist Julie Menounos demonstrating (and distributing) healthy quesadillas. Yum!

The Ankor Dance Troupe  demonstrated the pestle dance (we didn’t get video, but you can see them practicing it here). It involves some very graceful hopping around boards moving in rhythm, which I imagine must involve some occasional whacks to the ankle as they first learn it.

The performers captured mid-hop.

The performers captured mid-hop.

After demonstrating, they taught the crowd. One brave volunteer even did the board hopping part!

The crowd getting in on the action.

The crowd getting in on the action.

There were also health screenings going on, but we got too wrapped up in the demonstrations. We chichated with lots of different tablers, including folks tabling for Lowell Parks and Conservation, Community Health Center, Hannaford,  Lowell General Hospital, Boston Medical Plan, WIC, UTEC, and the YWCA. It was a fun Saturday that reminded us how many positive things there are going on in the community, how many different groups are working to make Lowell a healthy  and thriving place for everyone.

Black Lotus breaking it down. Kids probably do not say "break it down" anymore.

Black Lotus breaking it down. Kids probably do not say “break it down” anymore.

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