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Lawn Games Dawn Gloriously in Northampton

Children and the young at heart of all ages enjoyed a plethora of lawn games, including parachute, on the organic lawns at Look Park in Northampton, Mass.

Children and the young at heart of all ages enjoyed a plethora of lawn games, including parachute, on the organic lawns at Look Park in Northampton, Mass.

Hundreds of people enjoyed flawless weather and acres of organic lawns Saturday at the first Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Lawn-A-Thon Festival made possible by a grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell.

“It’s all about enjoying old-fashioned outdoor family fun on lawns that are not sprayed with poisonous substances that can make that family sick,” said Bernadette Giblin, a local organic lawn expert and event organizer.

A dad teachers his daughter some of the nuances of a Finnish lawn game known as Molkky.

A dad teachers his daughter some of the nuances of a Finnish lawn game known as Molkky.

Festive dancing to classic chants and clapping added a British flavor to the day.

Festive dancing to classic chants and clapping added a British flavor to the day.

Visitors introduced 'Aunt Sallys,' a classic British pub game that involves thick 18-inch dowels and a single skittle perched atop a steel stanchion.

Visitors introduced ‘Aunt Sallys,’ a classic British pub game that involves thick 18-inch dowels and a single skittle perched atop a steel stanchion.

This 5-year-old girl learned to twirl a hula hoop around her waist for the first time.

This 5-year-old girl learned to twirl a hula hoop around her waist for the first time.

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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